Dr. Melissa Rowe

Dr. Rowe is Vice President, Global Research Talent at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. Dr. Rowe leads RAND’s team of 1,500 world-class research scientists. As RAND’s principal strategic advisor on analytic capability, she cultivates interdisciplinary teams of the world’s top research talent to tackle the most complex policy problems for transformational innovation and impact.


Dr. Rowe founded the Methods Centers at Pardee RAND-- six centers of excellence encompassing methodologies such as scalable analytics and computing, decision making under uncertainty, and network analysis and systems science. She also founded and directs RAND’s Impact Lab, which seeks to extend the influence of RAND’s work.


Dr. Rowe serves as a board member and advisor for several organizations including: New Roads School, Development Partner Institute, Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights, and Space Ventures Coalition. Dr. Rowe’s intellectual interests include human potentials, complex and adaptive systems analysis, and the implications of technology on human performance and workforce development. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA.



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