Courtney joined the Gill Foundation as President and CEO in October 2013. In this role, Courtney leads the foundation in executing the vision of Tim Gill and the board through prioritizing, implementing, and measuring the work and grantmaking of the foundation.
A respected leader with a strong record of accomplishment over her 20-year career in the nonprofit sector, Courtney most recently served as CEO of the Denver-based Western Conservation Foundation.
Her entrepreneurial spirit, extensive experience driving policy change in the states and federally, and relentless approach to fundraising make Courtney a perfect fit to lead the Gill Foundation at this dynamic time for the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality.
Courtney co-founded Western Conservation Foundation in 2005, serving as CEO since 2007 and growing the organization to an $8 million budget. Through her work at WCF, Courtney served as a catalyst for social change by funding innovative state and federal campaigns that engaged unexpected voices and created champions for conservation, leaving a lasting impact on America’s public lands heritage.
Previously, Courtney served as a strategic consultant to several private foundations and as Director for the Pacific Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association in California. She was also Legislative Director for Friends of the Earth in Washington, D.C.
A native of Georgia, Courtney graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she was a scholarship athlete competing in golf. She completed an MBA executive course on social entrepreneurship at Stanford University.