Kaitlyn Gentile is Consumer Watchdog’s paralegal. She supports the litigation team in all state and federal court filings and provides administrative and research assistance.
Before joining Consumer Watchdog, Gentile worked at Lambda Legal, where she supported some of the nation’s top litigators fighting to achieve the full civil rights of LGBT people and those living with HIV. In this capacity she assisted in preparing and filing impact litigation cases across the country, including 2015’s Obergefell v. Hodges before the Supreme Court, which achieved marriage equality at the national level. She served as the project coordinator for the organization’s work on issues affecting LGBT youth in foster care, juvenile justice, and homeless systems, co-authoring a 50-state policy analysis of out-of-home care systems and advocating for comprehensive nondiscrimination policies at the state and federal level. She also helped two undocumented young people from West Africa obtain Green Cards after they faced rejection and violence by family and community in their countries of origin due to their sexual orientations.
Gentile is a certified English Language Teacher and spent a year teaching in elementary school in Mallorca, Spain. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.