HSRD Fellows

Department of Homeland Security

Each year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and RAND select a small number of senior DHS personnel to work and study at the RAND Corporation. The DHS-RAND Fellowship seeks to:

Develop Leadership: Develop emerging government leaders with the strategic analysis and planning skills needed to meet the challenges of an organization with a complex mission set

Achieve DHS Missions: Help achieve DHS's missions and evidence-based decisionmaking by integrating applicable operational concepts into cutting-edge research, analysis, and evaluation with renowned RAND researchers on critical homeland and national security issues

Build Partnerships with Expert Communities: Strengthen partnerships with leading researchers in homeland security

Foster Innovation: Support the innovation needed to better manage DHS resources

The Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation administers the selection process for DHS. The selection committee, which is composed of representatives from the offices of Program Analysis and Evaluation and RAND, makes the final decision based on the application package and weighs each item equally.

Contact the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security at randfellowship@hq.dhs.gov for more information on the process.

Coast Guard

In addition to the general DHS fellows, each year the U.S. Coast Guard selects officers in the grade of O-5/O-6 to attend Senior Service Schools, of which RAND is one. The Coast Guard sends officers to these programs to develop senior leaders with the strategic thinking and planning skills needed to meet the challenges of USCG missions and to prepare the Coast Guard for the future, to provide superior public service across all missions, to form effective partnerships inside and outside the service, and to support the innovation needed to more effectively manage Coast Guard resources.

Current Fellows

John Lee works at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Currently, his position is as an AT&I (Architecture, Technology, and Integration) engineer for the CDM (Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring) Program. Previously, he has worked in various programs within CISA such as TIC (Trusted Internet Connections), EINSTEIN, and the HVA PMO. John has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Yale University, a Masters in Finance from Loyola University Maryland, as well as various GIAC cybersecurity certifications (GSSP, GREM, GPEN). Most recently, he completed a Machine Learning Methods certificate from UCSD. John's main interest is in cybersecurity, cybersecurity technology investments, and prioritization of those investments. Of interest are those topics in light of not only the technological efficacy of those investments, but also costs, level of effort, and the company/industry lifecycle.

Commander Joan Snaith is a Coast Guard Officer currently assigned as Commanding Officer of Air Station Port Angeles. The majority of her military service is in aviation forces, primarily as a Search and Rescue helicopter pilot and in operations and disaster management. Staff experience includes program, policy, and budget formulation while assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters budget office and a one-year detail working on Veterans' policy in the Executive Office of the President - Office of Management and Budget. She holds Master's degrees in Public Policy from Princeton University and in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University, and a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science from the Coast Guard Academy. Her interests include organizational structure and leading effective change, unmanned systems integration, and federal acquisitions modernization.

Past DHS and Coast Guard Fellows