Lazarin, Melissa

Melissa Lazarín is Senior Advisor for State Early Childhood and K-12 Policy at the Migration Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include education advocacy and policy development; testing, standards, and accountability; and education issues facing English Learners, Latinos, and immigrants. She has served in a variety of positions over the last two decades, including Managing Director of K-12 education policy at the Center for American Progress, Director of Education Policy at First Focus, and Associate Director of Education Policy at UnidosUS. Most recently Ms. Lazarin was at the National Governors Association, where she oversaw issues related to educational equity.