Candace Gibson serves as the Associate Director of Government Relations at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH). She manages the federal policy team and helps create and execute the federal policy initiatives of NLIRH.
Candace has over eight years of experience in state and federal policy advocacy. Prior to joining NLIRH, Candace worked as a staff attorney in the National Health Law Program's Washington, D.C. office, where she executed administrative and legislative strategies to improve access and coverage of sexual and reproductive health care for individuals enrolled in Medicaid and in private insurance.
She served as an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow from 2012 to 2014 at NLIRH. Before heading to law school, Candace worked at Comunidades Unidas in Utah, collaborating with refugee and immigrant communities on health reform and pursuing policy solutions to eliminate health disparities. A frequent presenter on the intersections of health policy, LGBTQ rights, and reproductive rights and justice, she has presented at conferences, such as, Creating Change and Lavender Law, and has spoken at a number of colleges and law schools, including Yale University, Columbia Law School, University of Utah, and others.
She has a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. While attending law school, she received numerous public interest fellowships for her commitment to social justice and public service. Candace received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Spanish from Smith College.
She is the first in her family to graduate from college and is a proud daughter and granddaughter of Salvadoran immigrants.