Alyson joined the Coastal Federation in early 2022 as a Coastal Advocate and Environmental Economist. Her work focuses on the advancement of sustainable policies that support the protection and restoration of our coast. As an economist, her work applies tools from benefit-cost analysis and non-market valuation to quantify restoration objectives and evaluate the benefits of ecosystem services to promote and strengthen responsible coastal management. 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 proud resident of Hatteras Island, where she has lived since 2017.