Nicole Prchal Svajlenka

Director of Research, Immigration Policy

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Nicole Prchal Svajlenka is the director for research on the Immigration Policy team at American Progress.

Prior to joining American Progress, Svajlenka worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she examined the relationships between federal, state, and local immigration policies. Before Pew, Svajlenka worked at the Brookings Institution, where she conducted quantitative research on immigration, demographics, human capital, and labor markets in metropolitan areas across the United States.

A Chicagoland native, Svajlenka holds a Master of Arts in geography from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental geography from Colgate University.

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