Ana Navarro was born in Nicaragua. In 1980, she and her family immigrated to the United States and resettled in Miami.
In 1993, Navarro earned her BA from the University of Miami after studying Latin American studies and political science. By 1997, she obtained a JD degree and had become a special advisor to the Nicaraguan government, a position in which she served as one of the primary advocates for NACARA (Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act).
Navarro is a Republican strategist with expertise in Latin American, Floridian, and Hispanic issues, and has a long history in her field. After serving on Governor Jeb Bush’s transition team and as his first immigration policy director, she returned to the private sector and has represented private and public clients on federal issues, particularly related to immigration, trade, and Central American policy. In 2001, she served as ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, where she helped pass a resolution condemning the government of Cuba for human rights abuses. Navarro has played roles in federal and state campaign races, has served with political figures like John McCain and John Huntsman, and is a political speaker and commentator for channels like ABC, CNN, and CNN-Español.