Senior Policy Analyst



Alexandra Schmitt

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Alexandra Schmitt is a senior policy analyst in the National Security and International Policy department at American Progress. She recently served as a foreign policy fellow in the office of Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI). Prior to joining American Progress, Schmitt worked with Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Center for Public Leadership to develop courses on leadership in multiparty negotiation analysis and public policy design and implementation. She previously worked at Human Rights Watch on U.S. foreign policy advocacy, focusing on atrocities prevention and the women, peace, and security agenda. She has also worked at Human Rights First, the United Nations Foundation, and the International Crisis Group.

Schmitt is a 2022 Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Fellow with the Center for a New American Security and was a fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy’s Penn Kemble Forum 2020-2021.

Schmitt earned a master in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Grinnell College in Iowa.


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