Katherine Anania

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Technical Analyst
Washington Office


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 technical analyst at RAND, and has multidisciplinary experience with the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security, and in the environmental field. Anania has worked on a range of projects that include building cost and renewable resource models for the Air Force, developing logic models and assessing the effectiveness and validity of metrics for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the country of Australia, identifying capability gaps in the Arctic for the USCG and developing tools for the USCG to better perform fisheries law enforcement. 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 also has experience working in marine science (specializing in fisheries and coastal management), economics and policy. 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.

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Spotlight award
  • 2019 Key Contributor Coin
  • 2017 Key Contributor Coin