Eric C. Henry is Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at DVS. In this role, he is responsible for developing effective legal advocacy strategies aimed at meeting the needs of veterans and their families in a number of key areas, including discharge upgrades relating to LGBTQ status, wrongful administrative separations based upon misdiagnosis of medical/mental health conditions, family law issues affecting child custody, marital status and benefits eligibility, housing and employment discrimination based upon veteran status and issues within the criminal justice system.
Prior to DVS, Eric served as The New York Botanical Garden's Director of Government Relations. While there, he was the Garden's governmental/community/budgetary affairs liaison at the state and local levels, and oversaw the successful implementation of the IDNYC program. Prior to that, he worked for New York City Councilmember Andy King doing legislation and budget.
Eric has been an advocate for volunteerism and civic engagement since his involvement in student life at Binghamton University. He has been a Big Brother, and served as Chairperson of the New York Urban League Young Professionals' Community Service Committee, where he led the organization to a record 15,000 service-hours in one year (2014-2015). In law school, Eric planned and implemented pro-bono legal outreach trips to New Orleans to assist local residents in benefits, family law, criminal and immigration law claims in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He currently performs voter outreach and civic engagement in The Bronx.
Eric graduated from Binghamton University in 2005 with a double major in African Studies, and Philosophy, Politics and Law. He holds a J.D. from New York Law School, where he was a Vincent A. Carbonell Fellow in Law & Policy, and a Graduate Fellow. He is a member of the service organization Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.