Rafael J. Medina is the ethnic media associate at American Progress, where he is responsible for working with the policy teams to develop comprehensive communications strategies to increase awareness of their policies on key print, radio, and TV media outlets. Medina also manages the CAP en Español website and Spanish language social media accounts.

Prior to becoming the ethnic media associate, Medina served as the ethnic media intern at American Progress in 2016. As a FirstGEN Fellow, he served as the legalization intern at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., where he provided legal research and worked with the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation. During his undergraduate career at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Medina worked as a research assistant for professor Teofilo Ruiz, volunteered as a JusticeCorps member for the Los Angeles Superior Court providing legal information to self-represented litigants at the self-help center, and was a UCLA law fellow. He also served as a teaching assistant at University High School and the UCLA Lab School.

Medina holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in education studies from UCLA. He served as the president of the UCLA Boxing Club and competed at the collegiate level. He is a Los Angeles native and currently lives in Washington, D.C.