Cortney is a Master of Environmental Management candidate focusing on food system innovation and regenerative agriculture. At CBEY, she co-leads the Corporate Water Risk Workshop and the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, and is an advisor to the Climate Change Entrepreneurship and Innovation team.
Cortney spent her last summer working with the Impact Strategy team at Sir Kensington's, a food innovation company, to build the company's social and environmental impact strategy through projects like values-led sourcing, internal sustainability education, B Corp Assessment, and carbon-offset research.
Prior to Yale, Cortney built her career working across the food chain and across sectors. At Feeding America, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Slow Food, and as an independent researcher and consultant for many nonprofits, think tanks, and start-ups, she tackled complex issues including food insecurity, climate change, food system biodiversity, and international agricultural development.
Cortney is a proud Midwesterner from Minnesota and Chicago. She graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University, where she earned a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies.