Alexandra Figueras has collaborated on NIEER's field research projects over the past five years and served as a NIEER spokesperson in the organization's outreach to the Hispanic media. Previously, she worked as a pre-kindergarten teacher and as a teacher in a dual language, early childhood education center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from The Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. She is pursuing doctoral studies in Early Childhood Education at Teacher's College, Columbia University.