Monica Medina currently serves as a Fellow in the Environment Program at the Walton Family Foundation. Medina is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Walton Family Foundation, Medina was the Senior Director of Ocean Policy at the National Geographic Society. From 2012-2013, Ms. Medina served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense advising him on all issues concerning women in the military, military sexual assault, the lifting of the combat exclusion rule, veterans’ employment, wounded warriors, traumatic brain injury and suicides, military health care, same sex partner benefits, as well as environment, energy issues. Previously, Ms. Medina served as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she led efforts on Arctic conservation, and restoration of the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Earlier Ms. Medina served on the Transition Team for the Obama Administration.
Ms. Medina has worked for nearly thirty years at the intersection of law and policy in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She attended Georgetown University on an Army R.O.T.C. scholarship, and began her legal career on active duty in the Honor’s Program of the Army General Counsel’s office. For her service in the Army, Ms. Medina was awarded an Army Commendation Medal in 1989, and a Meritorious Service Medal in 1990. In 2013, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta awarded Ms. Medina the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal.