Nancy Kaczynski Pollock

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Director of Operations and Business Strategy, RAND National Security Research Division
Pittsburgh Office


M.P.H. in epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; B.A. in psychology and religious studies, University of Rochester


Nancy Pollock is Director of Operations for the National Security Research Division. In this role, she is responsible for the division's business management, as well as financial and operational functions. She is also responsible for strategic business engagements across a wide breadth of NSRD sponsors and clients that include foundations, the U.S. intelligence community, and the ministries of defense of U.S. allies and partners. She manages the contractual and business relationship with the Office of the Secretary of Defense on behalf of the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC). Prior to joining the RAND Corporation in 2001 as a Health Policy Analyst, she spent 10 years at the University of Pittsburgh conducting clinical research in the Department of Psychiatry. From 2016-2017, she left RAND to work as the Director for the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Carnegie Mellon University where she had the lead in developing operational philosophy and procedures across the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance, and the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation.

Pollock holds a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Rochester and an MPH in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.