Alexandra Mendoza-Graf

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.P. in public policy, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in political science, University of California, Berkeley


Alexandra Mendoza-Graf is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include the social determinants of health spanning the areas of education, built environments, neighborhood change and gentrification, displacement, criminal justice, mental health and well-being, and access to health care. 

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was a research associate at the Los Angeles Education Research Institute (LAERI) and a project manager at the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America, where she managed and conducted research related to health, education, and social policy. She has an M.P.P. from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a B.A. in political science and public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • JL Foundation Dissertation Award, JL Foundation
  • Disseration Diversity Supplemement, National Cancer Institute


Spanish; Portuguese