Founder & Director
Cortney brings a wealth of international and cross-border experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, communications, operations, programmatic work, grant-writing and financial management.
After completing her B.A. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Cortney obtained her law degree and LL.M. in London at City University Law School with a focus in criminal legal aid.
While in law school, Cortney began volunteering with an international, human rights nonprofit. Once graduated, she joined the team representing Guantánamo Bay detainees and drone strike victims and their families in Pakistan, as well as creating operational systems, learning fundraising, and assisting with communications. From there, she helped manage and run an anti-death penalty organization in Houston, Texas then moving to New York City to open a sister 501(c)(3) to the UK organization she worked with in London.
In 2016, Cortney moved to New Orleans to run a grant-making foundation gifting over $7 million per year as well as managing over 30 501(c)(3) clients. In 2021, she became Chief Operating Officer at Material Innovation Initiative - a global nonprofit.
An avid volunteer, she serves as Board President for Prescription Joy, a medical clowning organization and works regularly with Crescent City Cafe and New Orleans Women & Children's Shelter.
Cortney has also staffed numerous political campaigns, including campaign managing Dr. Tammy Savoie for State Representative, District 94. Having been invited to some of the most comprehensive political trainings, including the Congressional Black Caucus Advocacy & Campaign Training and the National Democratic Training Committee's Inaugural Staff Academy Cohort, Cortney assists campaigns in their strategy, outreach, and fundraising.
Now, Cortney works with nonprofits around the world, helping them manage their nonprofits, creating and implementing systems, assisting with governance and human resources. With experience in political and issue campaigning and advocacy, she started Mission Possible to help progressive causes and people create change.
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