Eòghann Renfroe is Empire Justice Center’s Policy & Government Relations Manager. He works for gender, racial, sexual and economic justice through legislative and policy reform, education, and social change.
As Policy Coordinator, Eòghann has overseen a number of Empire Justice victories, including the passage of the Right to Call 911 bill, protecting victims of domestic violence and crime; free access to medical records for New Yorkers applying for government benefits; the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, which protects transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) New Yorkers from discrimination; the passage of State Education Department regulations protecting TGNC students; and a number of successful state budget funding campaigns. He is the author of the monthly Empire Justice newsletter, Policy Matters, and coordinates policy-related communications.
Eòghann has a background in LGBTQ advocacy, co-authored NYS Education Department guidelines for transgender and gender non-conforming students in K-12 schools; worked in coalition to develop trans-affirming policies for the Albany Police Department; organized rallies, vigils, workshops, trainings, and other direct actions and events to raise awareness and otherwise educate on matters of LGBTQ equality both locally and across the state.
Eòghann grew up in New York State, studied at St. Louis Community College in Ferguson, MO and received a Bachelor’s in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on both traditional media such as drawing and printmaking, as well as new media such as net, glitch, and sound art, and building community through play. He currently works at Empire Justice Center, a civil legal services organization dedicated to protecting and strengthening the legal rights of low income, disabled, immigrant, LGBTQ, or otherwise disenfranchised New Yorkers.