Courtney Okwara


Courtney is part of the team administering the Safety and Justice Challenge, a $150 million initiative from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to reduce the misuse and overuse of jails in the U.S. She is also supporting What Works Cities to replicate the successful Providence Talks early childhood learning model, which aims to ensure all children enter kindergarten with the skills to succeed.

Prior to joining Bennett Midland, Courtney worked as an intern at the Harvard College Women’s Center. Her work included the implementation and management of programs that promote gender equity and diversity across the university’s campus, distribution of health resources and counseling services to students, and residential community development for undergraduate women of color. Courtney also has extensive research experience in biological sciences, health policy, and government. Her undergraduate thesis focused on local governments in Michigan and utilized quantitative analysis to understand the social and institutional determinants that influenced how and when these governments responded to drinking water crises. Courtney graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Chemistry and Government.

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