Ashe McGovern

Director of Policy for Family Equity and Justice, Senior Policy Counsel

Ashe McGovern (they, them, theirs) is the Director of Policy for Family Equity and Justice, Senior Policy Counsel, Senior Policy Counsel at Family Equality, where they focus on developing local, state, and federal policy solutions to create more meaningful racial, economic, and gender justice and equity for LGBTQ+ families living in poverty and LGBTQ+ BIPOC families nationwide. 

Prior to Family Equality, Ashe served as the first-ever Senior Policy Advisor for LGBTQ Initiatives in the NYC Mayor’s Office and inaugural Executive Director of the NYC Unity Project, New York’s first citywide office to support and empower LGBTQ communities through innovative policy and program change. In this role, Ashe led interagency LGBTQ policy and program efforts and developed a multi-million dollar portfolio of programs and services focused on reducing LGBTQ youth homelessness, increasing access to permanent supportive housing, creating more equitable access to healthcare and jobs, and reducing criminalization and institutional violence against BIPOC LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. 

Previously, Ashe worked as the Legislative and Policy Director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project, a legal and policy think tank housed in the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, and as LGBTQ Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, DC, where they developed federal policy solutions to address LGBTQ poverty and criminalization. After law school, Ashe worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at New York Legal Assistance Group, where they launched the LGBTQ Health and Economic Justice Initiative to provide free legal services to low-income LGBTQ communities in New York City.  

Ashe earned their B.A. from Cornell University, magna cum laude, and J.D. from Cornell Law School, where they received the Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights. Ashe is co-author and co-editor of Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All (2018) published by the City University of New York Graduate Center and their work has been featured in a range of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Nation, Slate, Bloomberg Law, Wired, and NPR, among others.