Senya Merchant is the Special Assistant to the Executive Team at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Merchant served as an intern at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she assisted the Legislative Affairs team and occasionally the director’s office. She also worked as a student fellow and field organizer on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in Virginia. Merchant graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus in public policy from The George Washington University.