Cortney is the Executive Director of CitySeed, a nonprofit organization based in New Haven, whose mission is to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development, and sustainable agriculture.
Cortney brings a decade of multidisciplinary leadership within nonprofits, think tanks, and startups to this role. She led national programs and built strategic relationships with donors at Feeding America, the second-largest nonprofit in the United States. As President of Slow Food Chicago, she led the organization's strategy to promote good, clean, fair food for all. Cortney has also held research, fundraising, and sustainability roles with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Greater Chicago Food Depository, and Sir Kensington's. Earlier, she apprenticed on a family farm and trained in organic farming practices from seed to harvest.
Cortney received her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Colgate University, focused on international social justice. She earned her Master of Environmental Management from the Yale school of the Environment where she co-founded the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative and was involved in entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives at CBEY and Tsai CITY.