Alyson joined the Coastal Federation as a Coastal Advocate in early 2022. Working out of the northeast office in Wanchese, Alyson focuses on building public and political support for achieving the federation’s goals and benchmarks. Specifically, she is working to advance the Lake Mattamuskeet watershed restoration plan, supporting the responsible development of offshore wind, and tracking current and potential policy, regulatory and legislative needs and actions. Alyson holds a Master of Science in Applied and Natural Resource Economics from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 2014 she achieved PhD candidacy from ECU, where her research examined the economic implications associated with coastal management decisions in Dare County. Alyson is a resident of Waves, NC and has lived in eastern NC since 2006.