Emily Hecht-McGowan is the Director of Public Policy for Family Equality Council. She previously served as the Legal Director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, where she assisted service members affected by “don’t ask, don’t tell” and related forms of discrimination. Prior to her time with SLDN, Emily was the Assistant Section Director for the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, where she spearheaded the ABA’s civil rights, human rights and social justice policy work. Emily holds a B.A. in history from American University and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law. She lives in Takoma Park, Md., with her wife Sharon and their daughter Sadie and their trusty beagle Ellie.