UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs: Kiana Taheri

Kiana Taheri, Master of Public Policy

With a concentration in innovation and management, Kiana enjoys analyzing data and evaluating problems from various perspectives to come up with innovative solutions. She is passionate about advancing data-driven decision making and research-based policies that produce social equity, promote the development of socially-responsible technologies and business practices, ensure government accountability and efficiency, and take our communities to the next level of civic engagement.

Kiana received her B.S. in Psychology with minors in Mathematics and Criminology from the University of Utah in 2012. Her undergraduate senior thesis focused on identifying psycho-social factors that affect individuals’ understanding of interpersonal harm and injustice. Her work led to several presentations/publications, one notably at the conference for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). Subsequently, she spent 2 years conducting health-related research (on diabetes and cancer care) and gained an in-depth understanding of the U.S. healthcare system. With her background in research and her interest in working in a diverse city such as Los Angeles, she chose to join Luskin in 2014 and pursue a career in policy analysis.

This year, she is honored to be joining the L.A. Mayor’s Office of Budget & Innovation as a Bohnett fellow. There, she will be working with the Innovation & Performance Management team to empower a data-driven culture of innovation and excellence in government and ensure most efficient and effective management practices.