Alana Rhone

Agricultural Economist


Alana Rhone is an Agricultural Economist in the Food Assistance Branch in the Food Economics Division. Her research focuses on food access in the United States.


Alana joined the Economic Research Service (ERS) in January 2016. She was a summer intern at ERS for three previous years, while pursuing her undergraduate degree. As an intern, Alana examined the use of Federal food assistance programs. Now, her work focuses on two well-established mapping tools that look at the food environment—the Food Access Research Atlas and the Food Environment Atlas.


Alana holds an M.A. in Public Policy, with a concentration in Social Policy, from American University. She received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Southern University and A&M College.