Kristin Van Abel

Senior Technical Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in environmental science, UC Santa Barbara; B.S. in biology, UC Santa Barbara


Kristin Van Abel is a Senior technical analyst at the RAND Corporation with a multidisciplinary background. Van Abel's research covers energy and environmental policy, Arctic policy, critical infrastructure, national security, and strategic and long-term planning. Van Abel is a skilled project manager who engages with strategic decisionmakers; develops analytic frameworks; performs analysis using qualitative and quantitative methods; and develops workshop plans and conducts facilitation of workshops, interviews, and focus groups. Prior to joining RAND, Van Abel supported strategic planning efforts to improve performance in the areas of energy, water, waste, supply chain management, transportation, and building infrastructure at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Van Abel holds a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UCSB.