Giving Profiles

  • Soledad O'Brien

    Soledad O'Brien: Supporting Diversity at the Pardee RAND Graduate School

    Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien gave more than $500,000 to the Pardee RAND Graduate School to support underrepresented minority students or first-generation college graduates. She named the scholarship after her parents, Edward and Estela, who inspired her.

  • Tim Wolf talks about his father at a memorial at RAND's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., January 26, 2017, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Tim Wolf: Carrying on His Family's Commitment to RAND

    Charles Wolf, Jr. was an economist who spent more than 60 years at RAND and was the founding dean of what is now the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He and his wife, Theresa, included a $1 million bequest in their estate plans to support the school and its students. It's a commitment his son Tim plans to carry forward.

  • A Rohingya woman talks with her relatives on a mobile phone after crossing the Naf river by boat in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017, photo by Turjoy Chowdhury/Sipa via AP Images

    Schmidt Futures: Fueling Research to Improve the Lives of Refugees

    With a gift from philanthropic initiative Schmidt Futures, RAND researchers are looking into how technology—from cell phones to biometric screeners—could improve the lives of the world's 69 million refugees, displaced people, and asylum seekers.

  • A hand watering a young plant, photo by RomoloTavani/Getty Images

    Molly and Mike Landi: Leaving a Legacy

    Molly and Mike Landi's history with RAND dates back more than 40 years. They met when she was a librarian in the Washington office, and he was an up-and-coming researcher and new program director. Their $1 million bequest to RAND will endow a special fund for national security research.

  • Fred Pardee attending a Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors meeting on March 28, 2014

    Fred Pardee: Making a Difference

    Fred Pardee grew up in the shadow of World War II and has spent his life supporting the cause of human dignity and development around the world. He has given more than $22 million over his lifetime to RAND and the Pardee RAND Graduate School to support research on some of the world's most pressing problems.

  • Brandon Baker, Vice President of Development

    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, Jr., an attorney, philanthropist, and RAND trustee

    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.

  • Newton Minow, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, testifies before the Senate Small Business Subcommittee at a hearing on communication satellites in Washington, D.C., November 9, 1961

    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

    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.

  • Frank Carlucci, with daughter, Kristin Weed, wife, Marcia, and son-in-law, Joshua Weed

    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.

  • Students take final exams among trees outside a classroom building in Xinxiang, Henan province, China, July 3, 2015

    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

    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 attending a Center for Global Risk and Security Advisory Board meeting in October 2008

    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, RAND Policy Circle members

    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.

  • Pedro Jose Greer and Susan L. Marquis

    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 at the Pardee RAND Board of Governors meeting November 13, 2009

    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 J. Zwick

    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 at RAND's headquarters campus in Santa Monica, California

    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.

  • Valerie Plame (left), formerly of the CIA, actress Morgan Fairchild (center), and Naveena Ponnusamy, executive director of Development at RAND, at a 2015 Policy Circle event at RAND's headquarters campus in Santa Monica, California

    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.

  • RAND trustee and donor Lloyd Morrisett

    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.

  • Donald Rice, Richard Danzig, Paul Kaminski, Harold Brown, Michael Rich, and James Thomson at One Night with RAND, November 11, 2015

    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

    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.

  • Terry Lenzer

    The Lenzner-Coleman Challenge Fund for Criminal Justice Research

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

  • Michael Rich and Ellen Hancock at the JIE Board meeting in April 2015

    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.

  • Don and Susan Rice at RAND's Politics Aside 2014

    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.

  • Luncheon with donors Lynda and Stewart Resnick

    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.

  • Philantropist John M. Cazier

    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.