Courtney Dobbs joined The Overbrook Foundation in February 2023 in the role of Special Assistant to the President where she works in partnership with Overbrook’s President, staff, and Board on issues related to program and administration. Courtney is part of the environmental grantmaking team and manages grants focused on coastal restoration and environmental justice with a focus on community-based programming.
Before joining The Overbrook Foundation, Courtney served as a center manager for IRIS, providing respite for asylum seekers in Chios, Greece, while also managing the distribution of humanitarian aid for local NGOs. Additionally, she worked in the external relations department at the Center for Strategic and International Studies managing the organization’s social media platforms and event logistics.
Courtney graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in International Development and Political Science – International Relations, and earned an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she focused on Human Rights/Humanitarian Policy and International Conflict Resolution. Academically, Courtney focused on human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa. While at SIPA, Courtney lectured on issues related to statistics and the application of quantitative analysis to evaluate policy success, and focused her Capstone project on U.S. political influence pathways in Libya. Courtney lives in New York City.