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Courtney McKinney

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Courtney McKinney

Director of Communications

Courtney is energized by work that encourages greater awareness of our shared universal needs and connections; she directs communications for Western Center from that perspective.

Courtney received her BA from Yale in 2011, and subsequently worked at PBS Newshour in Washington DC, later at A24 Films in NYC, and at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. She relocated to Northern California in 2016, and in the time since, communicated and advocated on behalf of communities rural and urban, on issues ranging from Black maternal health, to legal rights for cannabis farmers, to a successful California ballot measure to secure funding for children’s hospitals.

Courtney joined Western Center in November 2018, and feels grateful to be part of a team so well-aligned with her own principles and desire to amplify the voices, concerns, and triumphs of people who are underrepresented.

Courtney can be found outside most of the time. She loves to dance, sing, trail run, swim in rivers, and participate in conversations that are open, honest, and healing.


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