Monique Ositelu is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. As a member of the higher education team, she conducts policy research and data analysis to promote college access and degree completion for historically underserved students. Prior to joining New America, Ositelu was an education legislative policy analyst for the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability. She also previously worked for the College Autism Network as a quantitative researcher and Florida State University’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement—exposing underserved Leon County high school students to postsecondary opportunities.
Ositelu earned her PhD in higher education, with a specialization in public policy, from Florida State University. During her doctoral studies, Ositelu was awarded Outstanding Independent Graduate Student Research, FSU Fellow, McKnight Dissertation Fellow, and was an active presenter at national conferences.
Ositelu earned her master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in public policy, from the University of Texas at El Paso and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Furman University.