Claudia McCowan is director of operations for RAND Health and associate director of Research Financial Operations, overseeing the financial planning and support activities for RAND's four social and economic policy units (Heath; Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment; Labor and Population; and Education). Prior to her appointment in RAND Health, McCowan oversaw financial planning and management for RAND's Finance & Administration/Operations departments, comprising the information services, facilities services, library, and security and safety departments. In that role she managed RAND's capital asset portfolio as well as over $75 million in overhead and service center spending annually. McCowan has a background in process improvement and project management (she has held a PMP certification through the Project Management Institute), as well as financial planning and analysis. Prior to joining RAND, McCowan held a number of positions in the publishing industry, including a brief editorial role with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
McCowan received her M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management.