The RANDNext program engages early- to mid-career professionals, bringing the next generation to the table for dialogue around the most pressing policy issues of our time. Through cross-industry networking, a speaker series, and interactive programming on ideas that are shaping our world, RANDNext members enjoy exclusive opportunities to interact with like-minded peers and RAND's community of donors and policy influencers.

Annual membership programs provide key philanthropic support to RAND, support that is used to help tackle emerging policy questions and long-term challenges that aren't yet the subject of focused research and analysis. RAND is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research institution. Philanthropic gifts to RAND are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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Member ($250 annual contribution or $21 per month)

RANDNext is a network of intellectual, successful professionals who care about the impact they have on the world around them. Members enjoy thought-provoking activities, while learning about RAND's research and analysis and furthering engagement and dialogue around key policy issues among like-minded peers. Benefits include:

  • Invitations to networking happy hours
  • Invitations to interactive programming like salon discussions and decisionmaking games
  • Invitations to speaker series events and donor receptions
  • Subscription to RAND Review (RAND's flagship, bi-monthly magazine)
  • Opportunity to learn about RAND, RAND's research, and the impact of donor dollars on critical policy questions
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NEXTLeaders ($1,000 annual contribution or $85 per month)

NEXTLeaders are RANDNext members who deepen their engagement with and support of RAND's mission as a member of RAND's Policy Circle. NEXTLeaders share a passion for RAND's work and want to participate in additional in-depth events, networking with higher-level donors, and prioritize policy research as part of their philanthropy. NEXTLeaders enjoy all RANDNext and Policy Circle benefits. Benefits include:

  • All of the above RANDNext benefits plus…
  • Invitations to all Policy Circle programming:
    • Private briefing sessions with top RAND researchers or other guest speakers
    • Participation in RAND's breaking-news conference calls on timely issues
  • NEXTLeaders “cohort” coffee breaks—small discussion groups to engage in intimate dialogue with peers and RAND researcher on key policy issues
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RANDNext members enjoy access to both RANDNext events created specifically for young professionals, as well as select invitations to policy events with other RAND supporters and leadership. We offer RANDNext members access to a broad range of policy topics, inspiring and informing the next generation of policy leaders.

Please note that not all upcoming events have been added yet. Currently, all of our events are based in Los Angeles. Contact us to learn more about our expanding locations.

Past Events

Escalating Tensions Over North Korea

Santa Monica, CA

October 11, 2017

RANDNext and Policy Circle members joined RAND alumni at a special briefing about rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. RAND's Bruce Bennett, a leading expert on North Korea, talked about his recent research on deterrence of North Korean provocations and preparation for the possibility of a North Korean collapse or other regime changes.

The State of the American Worker

Santa Monica, CA

September 12, 2017

RANDNext and Policy Circle members were invited to a panel discussion of American working conditions, emerging trends in the labor market, and policy options to address inequality and jobs of the future.

Defining Truth Decay

Santa Monica, CA

April 27, 2017

RANDNext members were invited to participate in a special brainstorming session on what role RAND could play in addressing what CEO Michael Rich has been calling “truth decay.” A phenomenon that predates the current burst of fake news, this erosion of truth is inflaming American politics.

Why Prison Education Matters

Santa Monica, CA

April 6, 2017

In collaboration with the Michelson 20MM Foundation, RAND Policy Circle and RANDNext members were invited to a discussion about the costs and benefits of using education to stop the prison revolving door, and the effectiveness of programs like The Last Mile, which prepares inmates for reentry by providing them with marketable skills.

The Future of Artificial Intelligence

Santa Monica, CA

December 14, 2016

RANDNext and Policy Circle members were invited to a special briefing on the role artificial intelligence is playing in society, including its incredible promise and pressing concerns.

Game Night at RAND: How Safe Are We?

Santa Monica, CA

October 26, 2016

RANDNext members were invited to play an interactive game about a hypothetical cyber attack in Chicago. They also learned how the RAND Center for Gaming uses gaming to help decisionmaking.

Get Involved

Attendees of RAND's inaugural young professionals event on October 15, 2014

Attendees of the first RANDNext event in October 2014

Photo by Alex Cohen/RAND Corporation

RANDNext is expanding! If you are interested in being involved in RANDNext leadership or volunteer opportunities please email us at RANDNext@rand.org.

Let us know if you have questions, inquires about partner events, program sponsorship opportunities, events outside of Los Angeles, or interest in being involved in both the Policy Circle and RANDNext programs.

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