Community Programs Coordinator, Florida Department of Health
Lucas Gauna was born in Villa Clara, Cuba and immigrated to the United States when he was ten years old. He was raised in Miami and moved to Tallahassee in 2012 to pursue his education at Florida State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology and will be graduating from the Master of Social Work program this Fall. Lucas is also a proud alumnus of the FSU CARE Program Class of 2012. As a queer and transgender man, working towards building equitable systems and policies that center marginalized communities is deeply personal to him. Lucas began his professional career at Capital City Youth Services as a Street Outreach Advocate, where he provided case management to at-risk youth as they navigated through the intersections of homelessness, foster care, and the criminal justice system. Currently, Lucas serves as a Community Programs Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health in the HIV/AIDS Section, where he is responsible for evaluating and monitoring patient care services for people living with HIV. Aside from his role at the Florida Department of Health, Lucas is the Vice President of Capital Tea, which is a Tallahassee nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the TLGBQ+ community. Lucas also proudly serves on the Tallahassee Human Relations Council. When he’s not busy working, you can find him riding his bike or trying to keep his plants alive.