picture1-croppedCZARINA MEDINA-GUCE, M.A.

Czarina is currently Data Center Product and Business Development Specialist of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), a multi-awarded, independent, non-profit media organization in the country. In PCIJ, Czarina leads initiatives for development of new and expanded policy, program, and capacity-building engagements related to data journalism, open data, and open government in the Philippines.

Czarina is also Term Member of the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation. She also belongs to the inaugural 2014 The Asia Foundation Development Fellowship Program for Emerging Leaders in Asia.

Until 2016, Czarina served as Executive Director of Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP). In ULAP, she handled program initiatives and policy advocacies for LGUs with development partners from private, national government, and CSOs, as well as research partnerships. She has served in as focal person for local governments in the Philippine Open Government Partnership Steering Committee, and several policy committees in key government agencies.

Prior to her work in ULAP, she worked in the Asian Institute of Management – Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership, Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy, and ABS-CBN’s former “The Correspondents” documentary program.

For ten years, Czarina has been a part-time faculty member in the Ateneo de Manila University, currently with the Development Studies Program, and earlier with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Czarina has published articles in national and regional academic journals. She also co-wrote and co-edited books such as Mainstreaming Migration and Development in Local Governance: Roadmap for Local Governments and Experiences from Region 4A-CALABARZON (2016), and Addressing Societal Divides: Stories of Bridging Leadership Vol. 1 (2011).

As further practice of her profession, she has done research work related to social development, leadership, program development and assessment, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation for different organizations, such as Ayala Foundation, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., BPI Foundation, the Civil Service Commission, and the Asian Institute of Management, among other non-profit and community organizations.

Czarina finished her AB in Social Sciences from Ateneo de Manila University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and completed her Masters in Sociology from the University of the Philippines–Diliman. She completed short courses in the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy – National University of Singapore on Policy Development and Leadership, and several Executive Programs under the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business – Center for Continuing Education.