Endowed Chair in Drug Policy Research

Beau Kilmer, a senior policy researcher and director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, will serve as the inaugural McCauley Chair in Drug Policy Innovation. The chair was established through a seven-figure gift from engineer and inventor Jack McCauley as part of the Tomorrow Demands Today fundraising campaign.

Chaired positions at RAND provide colleagues who are recognized as leaders in their fields with opportunities to concentrate on emerging or underappreciated policy areas, mentor junior staff, and rapidly respond to urgent needs for expertise and analysis.

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Kilmer's research lies at the intersection of public health and public safety, with special emphasis on crime control, substance use, illicit markets, and public policy. He has published numerous RAND reports and articles in leading journals, and his data-driven insights are regularly sought by policymakers, academia, and media. Kilmer is currently coleading Opioids Uncharted, an initiative to map the unexplored consequences of the opioid crisis.

“For three decades, the RAND Drug Policy Research Center has helped decisionmakers address issues involving alcohol and other drugs, bringing an objective and data-driven perspective to an often emotional and fractious policy arena,” Kilmer said. “With drug overdose deaths continuing to rise, we cannot limit our responses to existing approaches. Now is the time for new solutions, and Jack's gift will empower RAND to contemplate and rigorously evaluate innovative ways to reduce these deaths and other drug-related harms.”

In addition to funding the McCauley Chair in Drug Policy Innovation, the gift will support research conducted in RAND Social and Economic Well-Being.

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