Erika J Nava

nava website 200x200Erika J. Nava, Policy Analyst, works on immigration issues and how they relate to fiscal and economic policy. She also engages in immigration advocacy and outreach. During her time at NJPP, Erika has participated in successful campaigns that include the passage of the NJ DREAM Act.

Erika research interest include: immigration policy, education policy, racial justice issues, criminal justice policy and border/Latino politics.

Before joining NJPP in September 2013, she previously served as the project manager for the Hispanic Directors Association of New Jersey (HDANJ), where she administered the Capacity Building Program that included 27 nonprofit organizations and served as a liaison between HDANJ’s member organizations and the state of New Jersey. Erika also worked as a research assistant for Rutgers University, where she conducted demographic analyses of New Jersey’s population and researched the Perth Amboy riots.

Erika is a national McNair Scholar. She holds a MPP with a concentration in Immigration and Education Policy from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and holds a BA degree in Political Science and Latino Studies from Douglass College at Rutgers University.

Email: nava (at) | Phone: 609-393-1145 ext. 17


New Jersey’s Political Leadership Drops the Ball on Tuition Equity

After years of debate without action, the U.S. Senate finally passed bipartisan immigration legislation on June 27, ironically the same day the New Jersey Senate once again stalled a bill to allow undocumented students to take advantage of in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

If Tuition Equity Works for Oklahoma, What’s the Holdup in New Jersey?

Here’s a pop quiz: Which of these states have in-state tuition laws for undocumented students? Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas or New Jersey?

Issue Brief: It’s Time for Tuition Equity

The national immigration debate should not obscure that there is another battle taking place in New Jersey around the Tuition Equity Act (A-4225), which would allow undocumented students who meet certain criteria to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities. If enacted, New Jersey would join 15 other states that have passed laws allowing qualified undocumented students to take advantage of in-state tuition rates.