Senior Government Affairs and Communications Associate
Courtney serves as senior associate for government affairs and communications. In this role, she helps design and advance the organization’s legislative, regulatory, and advocacy strategy across early childhood, P-12 education, higher education, and appropriations issues on Capitol Hill and across the federal government. Courtney works on education issues that intersect with race, socioeconomic status, immigration, criminal justice reform, and school nutrition. Courtney is also a speechwriter for the president and CEO, former Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King Jr.
Prior to joining Ed Trust, Courtney worked in student affairs at The George Washington University and The Catholic University of America, where she worked directly with students and other campus stakeholders including faculty, staff, and administrators on issues ranging from campus engagement, student employment, and university codes of conduct.
Courtney is a member of Women in Government Relations (WGR) and co-chairs the Education Task Force. She has also served her national sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, as both a chapter advisor and member of the National Diversity & Inclusion Study Group. In fall 2019, the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference (PWIA) recognized Courtney during their Excellence in Advocacy Awards, where she was a finalist for the “Up and Coming Practitioner” Award.
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 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.