Born and raised in New Orleans, La., Courtney’s upbringing led her to develop a passion for working and advocating for displaced children and families. As a first-generation college student, she was consumed with ways to understand human behavior and how to sustain effective human service organizations. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Social Work from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Courtney spent time in Puerto Rico and South Africa working on community development projects and improving therapeutic practices for children. While pursuing her master’s degree from Howard University, Courtney continued to work with domestic and international community nonprofits for the purpose of developing, managing, and sustaining effective community programs for at-risk youth. She has experience working with children from various urban environments with the sole purpose of improving their overall life experiences. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys traveling internationally, cooking new recipes, and reading.