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Senya Merchant

Senya Merchant

Borrower Assistance and Digital Advocacy Manager

Prior to joining Student Defense, Senya led the multi-year student debt policy and advocacy campaign, Higher Ed, Not Debt, a coalition of over 100 state and national organizations committed to tackling the student debt crisis. The Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign is housed within Generation Progress, the youth advocacy and engagement arm of the Center for American Progress (CAP). While at the Center Senya helped with original policy development and federal advocacy efforts on issues of for-profit school accountability and student loan servicer issues.

Additionally, Senya served on the Advisory Board of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, a coalition of almost 100 national and campus-based voting rights groups dedicated to increasing voter turnout among college students. Before that, Senya worked as an assistant to CAP’s President and had the good fortune of interning in President Obama’s administration at the Office of Management and Budget.