Caroline Medina (they/she) is the director of LGBTQI+ Policy at American Progress. In this role, Medina engages in strategic advocacy, coalition-building, and impactful research in order to advance progressive policies that improve the well-being of LGBTQI+ communities. Medina’s work focuses on developing policy solutions that positively affect LGBTQI+ people by expanding access to health care and health insurance, improving economic security, and enhancing data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Before joining American Progress, Medina worked as a consultant for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), where they conducted research and analysis for a report on the extent to which laws and policies in OECD countries ensure equal treatment of LGBTI people. Prior to that role, Medina worked for the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a chief of staff and legislative director, where they managed a portfolio of legislation related to LGBTQI+ rights, criminal legal system reform, public health, and health care.
Medina holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a master’s degree in public administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, specializing in economic policy and social policy.