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


Op-Ed: Immigration Case Will Have a Lasting Impact on New Jersey Families

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an immigration case that could either improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans or needlessly tear families apart.

On Tuition Equity’s Second Anniversary, Too Many Students Remain Left Behind

Two years ago this Sunday, Gov. Christie signed New Jersey’s Tuition Equality Act – a historic step towards assuring that all students, regardless of their immigration status, have an opportunity to pursue a college education. Even with this progress, though, too many students are being denied the opportunity to get a college education due to lack of access to financial aid.

Legislation to Make New Jersey’s Roads Safer and Help New Jersey Immigrants Goes Missing in Action

Opponents of this common-sense policy are spreading inaccurate information about security and safety to slow down progress.

Op-Ed: Sharing the Road with Fewer Unlicensed Drivers Would Make New Jersey Safer

Lawmakers now face a choice: give in to unfounded fears fueled by misinformation, or focus on the facts and do what’s right for New Jersey. The best choice is clear.

NJPP Testimony: We Can All Benefit from Sharing the Road with More Licensed Drivers

This common-sense policy would make New Jersey safer, improve cooperation with law enforcement, help its economy and increase the wellbeing of many families.