Marissa Alayna Navarro is a special assistant for Postsecondary Education at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Navarro worked at the University of Alabama’s Crossroads Community Engagement Center as a collaborative engagement coordinator. She is also an alumna of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, where she interned with Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI).

Navarro graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree with honors in international studies and Spanish. Her studies focused on Latin America, Spanish literature, and pop culture.