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David Lyon

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David Lyon is Founding President Emeritus of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), which was co-founded by William R. Hewlett, Roger W. Heyns and Arjay Miller to carry out objective research on public policy issues facing the people of the state of California.

Prior to launching PPIC in 1994, Lyon worked at the RAND Corporation for 23 years as Vice President and Corporate Officer. He founded the RAND Center for U.S.-Japan Relations and served as its co-director from 1989 to 1993. Earlier in his career, he worked as a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He has published extensively on issues concerning social policy and state and local finances.

Lyon received a PhD and MS in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS from Michigan State University. Lyon was Chairman of the board of directors of the Japan Society of Northern California and a trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. He was a member of the advisory board of the Asia Society of Northern California and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.