Message from the President

Natalie Crawford

The RAND Alumni Association is a unique organization. Unlike other alumni groups, ours comprises people who’ve left the RAND Corporation, who are still employed at RAND, or who are or were affiliated with RAND through channels like the graduate school or the military fellows programs, among others.

One thing that’s been apparent over RAND’s 65 years is that a lot of people who walk through our doors are invested in staying connected. RAND is not just an employer: for many, it’s been an opportunity, a passion, a life-changer. For many, it’s been family.

In this issue, we offer evidence of how the RAA (and RAND) is growing and evolving. Michael Rich’s message reflects on RAND’s 65th anniversary with eyes trained directly on the future. And his conversations earlier this year, with RAA audiences in both Santa Monica and Washington, drew capacity crowds and elicited exciting Q&As.

We also present updates on former RANDites in our News and Views section. I would encourage everyone to share updates with us by dropping an email to; we always appreciate hearing from you.


Natalie Crawford
RAND Alumni Association