RAND Welcomes New Vice President of Development

RAND recently welcomed Brandon Baker as the new vice president of development. He will set strategy for philanthropic investment at RAND in this newly created position.

Baker, who joined RAND’s leadership team on August 20, is a senior fundraising strategist. He previously served as assistant dean of external affairs at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. He and his team were responsible for a $250 million goal as part of the school's campaign, a component of UCLA's $4.2 billion effort.

Brandon Baker

Brandon Baker

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“Brandon brings impressive expertise, creativity, and a strong track record of garnering philanthropic support to bring transformative ideas to life,” said RAND CEO and President Michael D. Rich. “The magnitude of our ambition at RAND—particularly in an era characterized by the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life, or what we call 'truth decay'—compels us to redouble our efforts to engage philanthropists and foundations who share our commitment to solving difficult policy problems with rigorous and objective research and analysis.”

Baker will also work with the Pardee RAND Graduate School, which is building a new model for public policy education.

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