Ran Boytner received his PhD in archaeology from UCLA in 2008. Working at the Getty, UCLA and USC, he is presently the Director of the Institute for Field Research (IFR). Dr. Boytner's research interests includes South America, the evolution of nascent states and the relationships between archaeology and politics. He is a founding board member of Ocean Charter School and the Nonprofit Support Group -- an organization of nonprofit Executive Directors that pool resources together to increase efficiency in individual organization's mission and vision.
Dr. Boytner has owned property in the Arts District and since 2010, the IFR is headquartered at the Toy Factory Lofts.