Courtney is a biologist, social scientist and strategic policy advisor who has worked within the conservation and animal welfare field for over 30 years. With a diverse background in biology, law, and psychology, she has provided leadership for diverse national and international programs and policy initiatives where she seeks to align science with ethics.
Courtney has served as a campaigner, strategist, policy expert, and program director for numerous non-governmental organizations, and always with a passion for seeking balanced solutions that promote understanding, empathy, and awareness.
Because policy always has a human dimension and often involves intractable or enduring conflict, Courtney’s approach has been to engage with all stakeholders and forge collaborative alliances to achieve incremental progress towards a brighter future for all living creatures.
Having also held positions within several government agencies and the private sector, she has worked from within and outside of the regulatory, scientific, and advocacy frameworks that guide national and international conservation policy and management.
Courtney holds a Bachelors of Science degree in wildlife biology from Cornell University, and a Masters of Science degree in psychology.