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: Court Ruling on Immigration a Huge Blow to New Jersey

A federal court’s ruling against President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration represents a big step backward, and the triumph of the politics of fear over pragmatic solutions. While the ruling, handed down Monday, will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the meantime the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans hang in the balance.

Fast Facts: Allowing Undocumented Residents to Drive Legally Would Help New Jersey

Everyone in New Jersey would benefit from legislation that would ensure the state’s undocumented immigrants are tested, trained, licensed and insured drivers – and accountable for their driving records.

New National Report Highlights Need for New Jersey to Act on Inclusive Immigration Policies

As an important port of entry for a diverse group of immigrants from all over the world, New Jersey stands to benefit greatly from more inclusive state immigration policies

Executive Actions on Immigration Would Help Many New Jerseyans While Boosting the Economy

About 200,000 New Jerseyans stand to benefit from these changes, which would create a Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and expand the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented New Jerseyans: What ‘Homeland Security Issue’?

Allowing undocumented New Jerseyans to drive legally is a common-sense measure that would make the state’s roads safer, boost the economy and greatly improve the quality of life for about a half-million residents. The governor’s insistence that he will not allow these folks to drive because it poses a “homeland security issue” is misguided at best.