Giving Profiles

  • Brandon Baker: Philanthropy as a Relationship

    From working phones for $250 gifts to leading a campaign to raise $250 million, Brandon Baker has a proven record of garnering philanthropic support to bring transformative ideas to life. Since August 2018, he has been leading philanthropic efforts and strategy at RAND.

  • Lovida Coleman: Champion of Justice

    In 40 years of practicing law, Lovida Coleman, Jr., built a reputation as a relentless seeker of justice and truth. As she watched protests in one city after another, she became convinced that RAND needed to get involved. She became a driving force behind a RAND venture to improve police–community relations.

  • Newt Minow: Crusader for the Public Interest

    Newt Minow is an attorney and former Chair of the Federal Communications Commission known for his speech referring to television as a “vast wasteland.” He came to RAND in the early 1960s looking for help with what would become one of his signature accomplishments, the development of communications satellites. He's been a part of RAND's story ever since.

  • Natalie Crawford: Distinguished Analyst of Air Force Programs and Cherished Mentor

    Natalie Crawford is a senior fellow at RAND, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and president of the RAND Alumni Association. She holds the distinguished chair in air and space policy, a donor-funded position that allows her to conduct independent research beyond the scope of client projects and to mentor the next generation of policy researchers.

  • The Carluccis Support RAND's Commitment to Follow the Research Wherever It Leads

    Frank and Marcia Carlucci serve on the RAND President's Council. In 2012, they established an endowed scholarship at the Pardee RAND Graduate School that has since sponsored ten first-year students. They also provide annual grants to promising researchers to give them the freedom to think beyond project work.

  • Cyrus and Michael Tang Endow New Chair in China Policy Studies

    Thanks to generous support from the Cyrus and Michael Tang Foundation, a new Tang Chair in China Policy Studies will initiate and manage a research agenda on China's policies for sustainable growth, build partnerships with research institutes in China, and mentor China studies scholars at RAND.

  • Frederick M. "Ralph" Taylor: Getting to Carbon-Zero

    Private investor Frederick M. “Ralph” Taylor established the Metanoia Fund nearly 30 years ago to support environmental causes and search for solutions to our warming climate. He partnered with RAND to identify and assess pathways to carbon-zero through a series of workshops that bring together researchers, philanthropists, policymakers, and innovators.

  • Peter Norton: Entrepreneur, Art Collector, and RAND Advisory Board Member

    When the Saudi kingdom hired RAND in the 1980s to advise its information technology industry on the best bets for future investment, RAND researchers consulted expert Peter Norton to back up their findings. Norton has supported RAND ever since.

  • Alexander and Elizabeth Kendall: Taking a Stand Against Misinformation

    Alexander and Elizabeth Kendall joined the RAND Policy Circle because they wanted to make a difference, and saw their support of RAND as an investment in the search for facts over factions.

  • Dr. Pedro José Greer, Jr.'s Philanthropy Supports Community-Based Solutions

    Dr. Pedro José Greer, Jr. channels his compassion for those in need into philanthropic support to help RAND address health issues and disparities. He has been involved in RAND's health policy work for nearly 30 years, serving in advisory and leadership roles.

  • David Wang: A Commitment to Diversity

    David Wang's commitment to giving minorities and other underrepresented groups a foothold on opportunity drives his support of Pardee RAND. His gift of $500,000 has allowed the school to provide diversity scholarships and expand its diversity initiatives.

  • Charles Zwick Helps Extend the Impact of Policy Research

    Charles Zwick was a researcher at RAND from 1956 to 1965 and director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President Lyndon B. Johnson. His $1 million donation enabled RAND to create the Zwick Impact Fund, which helps researchers extend the impact of their findings.

  • John Seely Brown: Pardee RAND Patron

    John Seely Brown has been steadfast in his philanthropic support of Pardee RAND, the graduate school founded at RAND more than 45 years ago to train the next generation of cutting-edge thinkers and policy analysts. He has served on its Board of Governors since 2013.

  • Morgan Fairchild: Member of RAND's Policy Circle

    Actress and self-described science nerd Morgan Fairchild is a member of RAND's Policy Circle, a community of donors whose support allows RAND to pursue research free of partisan or ideological constraints, and to ensure that research makes an impact.

  • Lloyd Morrisett: Longtime RAND Trustee and Donor

    Lloyd Morrisett has served RAND as the chairman of its board, as a longtime trustee, and as a reliable donor for more than 30 years. He also consulted RAND social scientists and child-development experts as he developed Sesame Street.

  • Harold and Colene Brown Endow Faculty Chair at Pardee RAND Graduate School

    The Harold and Colene Brown Faculty Chair will enable exceptional RAND researchers and faculty to be in residence at the school each year, allowing them to work on independent research and provide mentorship and guidance to students.

  • Rita Hauser, International Lawyer and Advocate for Peace in the Middle East

    Rita Hauser is an international lawyer and philanthropist who, in 1988, met with Yasser Arafat to persuade him to recognize Israel and renounce violence. She has served on the RAND Board of Trustees; she helped establish the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy advisory board; and more recently, she helped fund RAND's Strategic Rethink project.

  • The Lenzner Challenge Fund for Criminal Justice Research

    Terry Lenzner, chairman of Investigative Group International, is a member of the advisory board for RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment. He is launching the Lenzner Challenge Fund for Criminal Justice Research in response to recent events that highlight fractures in police-community relations.

  • Ellen Hancock on Technology, Leadership, and Service

    Ellen Hancock has led the RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment (JIE) Advisory Board for three years; she has been a board member for seven. In June 2015, we spoke with Ellen about her experience on the board, how her long career in technology informs her service, and why she believes in RAND.

  • Donald B. and Susan F. Rice Support Pardee RAND's 'Be the Answer' Campaign with $1 Million Gift

    Longtime RAND supporters Donald B. and Susan F. Rice, for the third time, have established an endowed scholarship at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Their most recent gift of $1 million was generously donated as part of Pardee RAND's Be the Answer campaign, which Don Rice chairs and which has thus far raised in excess of $19 million.

  • Pardee RAND Graduate School Receives $1 Million Gift, Establishes Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Scholarship

    A $1 million gift from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick will help Ph.D. candidates at the Pardee RAND Graduate School receive exceptional training today to embark on careers in public service.

  • Cazier Gift to Pardee RAND Graduate School Launches Environmental and Energy Sustainability Initiative

    A $5 million gift from engineer and philanthropist John M. Cazier will turbocharge research in environmental and energy sustainability at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.