Alexandra Schmitt is a senior policy analyst on the National Security and International Policy team at American Progress. She is also a fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy’s Penn Kemble Forum 2020-21. Prior to joining American Progress, Schmitt served as a research assistant at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Center for Public Leadership, where she helped develop courses on 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 earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Grinnell College in Iowa.