Cortney works on designing and implementing local professional exchange programs for foreign dignitaries, multi-regional delegations and emerging international leaders for the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. As part of the IVLP team, Cortney co-leads volunteers, manages recruitment and conducts training activities. She is also responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Local Hospitality & Cultural Exchange program, contributing to IIESF’s community engagement and social media outreach efforts. Cortney loves that through her work with IVLP she is able to engage in projects she is passionate about and to play a small, but important role, in promoting better global policies and improving foreign diplomatic relations between key U.S. decision makers and emerging international leaders.
Cortney graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative Management with an emphasis on Information Systems, Corporate Strategy and Public Policy. From 2006-2007 she briefly pursued a JD/MBA before returning to her foundation in Public Policy and Business Strategy. This led her to an invaluable opportunity in London, England where she gained global Public Affairs and strategic consulting experience working with European, Middle Eastern, and Asian regions. Cortney enjoys playing soccer, learning new languages and actively reading about current global and political news.