Katherine Anania

Katherine Anania
Policy Researcher


M.E.S.M. in environmental science and management, UC Santa Barbara; M.A. in economics, UC Santa Barbara; B.S. in environmental studies, Emory University


Kate Nixon Anania is a policy researcher at RAND with a background in fisheries and coastal management. Anania has worked on a range of projects that include investigating the resourcing and effectiveness of the Coast Guard’s fisheries enforcement mission,assessing the economic impacts of coastal land loss to the state of Louisiana, and has worked on multiple projects supporting Arctic ocean policy research. Additional research projects include using remote sensing to develop algorithms to better target fisheries law enforcement activities by the U.S. Coast Guard, assessing oil spill response capabilities in the Great Lakes and developing a coastal hurricane recovery plan for Puerto Rico.

Before coming to RAND, Anania was a Federal Knauss Sea Grant Fellow for the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy. In that role, Anania worked on climate security and Arctic issues both for the Navy and for the DoD. Anania volunteers as a personal finance educator, and in 2018 published Twenties in Your Pocket: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to Money Management. Anania earned a B.S. in environmental studies from Emory University and a master of environmental science and management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. Anania also holds an MA in economics from UC Santa Barbara and is a Senior National Environmental Leadership Program Fellow.