Alumni Profile

Linda Martin, MPA 1972
Linda Martin
Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation
MPA, Class of 1972

Linda G. Martin has had a dual career of leading policy research organizations and doing her own research on the well-being of older people in the United States and Asia.  After completing her M.P.A. and followed by a Ph.D. in economics at Princeton, she spent a year on Capitol Hill before heading to the East-West Center in Honolulu, where she worked for ten years.  Next stop was four years as director of the National Academy of Sciences’s Committee on Population at which she led major studies on the demography of aging and population change in sub-Saharan Africa.  From 1993 to 1999, Martin was vice president of the RAND Corporation, first in charge of its policy research on health, education, criminal and civil justice, and labor and population, and later leading the entire organization’s external activities related to the media, Congress, and philanthropy.  In 1999, she became the seventh president of the Population Council, whose 600-plus staff members in 19 offices around the world conduct biomedical, public health, and social science research with the goal of improving the lives of the poorest people.  Semi-retired since 2004, Martin has returned to her roots and a focus on her own research, first as a scholar in residence at the National Academy of Sciences’s Institute of Medicine and now as a senior fellow at RAND.  She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received honorary doctorates from Marlboro College and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.