Linda Naval

Director of Policy, Betsy Lehman Center
Areas of Expertise:
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Immigration
  • Women

About Linda

Naval manages the growing staff, leads organizational strategic planning, directs public policy efforts at the federal and state level, and contributes to media operations. She specializes in criminal justice, education, healthcare, political representation, immigration, housing and women's issues. Naval worked as a policy advisor for U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy and staffed him as a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Previously, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for then-Representative Christopher Murphy and Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York. Naval serves as the mentorship co-chair of the New Leaders Council Boston Chapter and is currently pursuing a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership at Boston University. Naval lives in Cambridge, MA where she is involved in various civic efforts.


Comparing the 2013 Senate Immigration Legislation to Piecemeal Bills in the House of Representatives

  • Angela S. García
  • John D. Skrentny
  • Tom K. Wong



"Senate and House Immigration Reform Efforts in the 113th Congress: An Overview," (with Angela S. Garcia, John D. Skrentny, and Tom K. Wong), Scholars Strategy Network, July 2013.

Offers a side-by-side comparison of Senate and House immigration reform efforts in the 113th Congress.

In the News

"What’s Really at Stake When Congressional Staff Deserve Better Pay," Linda Naval (with Ron LeGrand), Huffington Post, March 25, 2016.
"Shoveling a Path Out of Prison," Linda Naval (with Bruce Western), The Atlantic, March 1, 2015.
"Wal-Mart Refuses to Sell Emergency Contraception," Linda Naval, JR Monsterfodder, Daily Kos, March 27, 2005.
"Murphy's Record: A Loyal Democrat, a Low-Key Profile," Linda Naval, Charles J. Lewis, CT Post, October 20, 2012.
"The Brass File: The Fire," Linda Naval, John Murray, The Waterbury Observer, February 14, 2010.
"'No Child' Still Riles Danbury Educators," Linda Naval, Eileen FitzGerald, The News Times, January 30, 2012.