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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 human connection, and she directs communications for Western Center from that perspective. Courtney’s passion for justice started early, thanks to countless conversations with her mother, a former Army officer turned teacher and all-around public servant.

Courtney attended Yale as an undergraduate, and subsequently worked for the PBS Newshour in Washington DC, as operations manager for A24 Films in NYC, and as Special Assistant to the Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. She relocated to Northern California in 2016, and in the time since, has communicated and advocated on behalf of communities both rural and urban, on issues ranging from Black women’s 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 deeply 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 too often go unheard.

Beyond Western Center, Courtney can be found outdoors 90 percent of the time. She loves to dance, sing, trail run, swim in rivers, and facilitate community conversations.

Phone: (916) 282-5116

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