Justin T. Rush

Justin T. Rush, JD

Public Policy Director

As Public Policy Director, Justin leads the organization’s work to enact administrative and legislative policy change at the federal, state, and local level to prevent and end LGBT youth homelessness.

Before joining the team, Justin served as a Manager of Policy & Legislative Affairs at NASTAD (National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors). It is through this role that Justin provided technical assistance to ensure internal health department policy compliance with federal guidance while simultaneously working to push the organization’s policy positions through state agencies, legislatures, build strategic partnerships, nurture external partnerships, and support existing HIV and Hepatitis advocacy efforts within states and in Congress.

Justin received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law leading to clerkships at the Cook County (Chicago) State’s Attorney’s Office – Juvenile Justice Bureau and the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office – Policy & Research Division. Additionally, Justin brings nearly a decade of rich public affairs and communications experience after serving as Press Secretary and Community Liaison for the New York State Senate, during which time he implemented the East Harlem LGBT Task Force working to reduce stigma in local communities, support access to treatment and care in East Harlem and the South Bronx, and advocate for equitable policies for New York City’s LGBT community.