Senior Research Analyst
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Master of Public Administration, American University BA in International Studies & Spanish, Trinity University Certificate in Project Management, Georgetown University
English and Spanish
Melissa Blanco is the Senior Research Analyst for the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA). She came to AU in August 2013 working for the School of Public Affairs, then later joined the OIRA team in August 2019. Since joining OIRA, Melissa has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Academic Data Reference Book and is a resource for business intelligence reporting and data integrity. She supports a wide range of advanced institutional research projects, including reports and studies involving enrollment, retention, graduation, course, and faculty data. Melissa holds a MicroStrategy Analyst certificate and is a proud SPA/MPA alumna.