Senior Government Affairs and Communications Associate
In her role as senior government affairs and communications associate, Courtney serves the organization’s Partnerships & Engagement and Communications divisions, as well as the Office of the President.
Courtney supports efforts to advance Ed Trust’s legislative and advocacy priorities by representing the organization on Capitol Hill and in coalitions of thought partners and other education, civil rights, disability, and business community stakeholders. Additionally, Courtney tracks legislative and regulatory action at the state and federal level and analyzes relevant bills, policy issues, and resources to strengthen the full organization’s efforts to affect policy change in P-12 and higher education.
Courtney coordinates daily news and clip reports for internal staff, produces external newsletters and collateral for policymakers, and contributes to write-ups for funders and board members. She also aides the Office of the President in preparing briefing memos and speeches for organizational leadership.
Prior to joining The Education Trust, Courtney worked in student affairs at The George Washington University and The Catholic University of America.
A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Courtney holds a master’s degree in higher education administration with concentrations in policy and finance from The George Washington University, and a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre from Missouri State University.
I’m pretty good at Jeopardy. Every evening, you can find me shouting questions to Alex Trebek on my television screen.
Mimosas or margaritas — depends on the time of day.
What drew you to education?
It was not until I attended my first class during my freshman year of college that I realized how many champions played a huge role in helping me get there—teachers, coaches, friends, and family. I believe that every student deserves to have champions in their corner, fighting for their right to a high-quality, life changing education.