Q: What are your proudest achievements?
A: There are so many that I’m proud of. It’s when people stand up and speak out for kids. When they recognize it’s more than their own kids, it’s all kids … When we convince people that’s it’s important to look at kids in the welfare system … I’m proud of the full-day kindergarten. I’m proud that we don’t give up the fight.
Q: What areas still need the most improvement?
A: The gap between the low-income children and wealthy children is increasing, and that presents problems across the board for us and we should be working together. I also think we need to recognize that taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society, and if we don’t pay that price, we will live in a society that we will reject and regret.
Q: What three things did this job teach you?
A: That people can respond to the needs of kids. That there are many different ways to get to a good result and that nothing ever stays done. You have to keep at it.
Q: What will you miss the most about Public Citizens for Children and Youth?
A: A wonderful group of people and staff and board and a community. And a belief that exists in this organization that you can make a difference and I hope to carry that wherever I go.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I don’t know. I have four grandchildren. Three of whom don’t live near here and I’m going to visit them … The door’s wide open.
Q: If you weren’t a lawyer or a children’s advocate, what would you have done with your life?
A: I have no idea. I’ve been lucky to be able to work at something that I value and I would hope that anything that I do next would be something that I value.
Contact Regina Medina at 215-854-5985 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow on Twitter @reginamedina.