Our First Lady
Ever endeavoring to use her gifts to the glory of God, Emmanuel’s First Lady, Muriel Goode-Trufant, works both in the church and beyond with a myriad of organizations and activities. A graduate of the Temple University School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Trufant is Chief of the Special Federal Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department, a position she has held since 2002. The division consists of more than 100 attorneys, paralegals and professional support staff which practices exclusively in the federal courts. Additionally, since February 2003, Mrs. Trufant has also served as the Law Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer. Among her duties as EEO Officer are coordination and conduct of EEO, training for all Law Department employees, oversight and handling of EEO investigations and supervision and provision of EEO counseling. As EEO Officer, Mrs. Trufant is a member of the Law Department’s Executive Staff and reports directly to the Corporation Counsel.
Mrs. Trufant is active in the CHOSEN: The Women’s Ministry of Emmanuel and has served as Chair of several of the CHOSEN’s conferences and retreats. She is also the facilitator for the Married Moms and Tribe of Deborah Small Groups. Since 2004, Mrs. Trufant has served as a faculty member for several continuing legal education courses sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, including Federal Civil Practice, Municipal Law Institute and Class Action Litigation: Prosecution and Defense. Mrs. Trufant has also been a presenter at courses sponsored by the Federal Bar Council, Fordham Law School and Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. She is a member of the Committee on Civil Practice for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Mrs. Trufant was the recipient of the 2011 Corporation Counsel Award for Distinguished Legal Service, the highest award bestowed by the New York City Law Department. Among her other honors are the 2005 Public Service Award from the New York County Lawyer’s Association and the Network Journal’s Forty Under Forty Award in 1999. Mrs. Trufant is a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a Member of The Links, Inc., two organizations through which she also provides community service.
The Trufants have been blessed with two daughters, Sharise Emmanuelle, and Toni Niara. Mrs. Trufant is the first-born child of Velma W. Goode and W. Wilson Goode, former Mayor of the City of Philadelphia.