Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C.
Courtney R. Snowden serves as the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C. A sixth-generation Washingtonian, Courtney is charged with transforming the District’s workforce system training, retaining and growing small businesses and resident entrepreneurs and revitalizing overlooked and underserved neighborhoods.
Formerly a Principal at The Raben Group, Courtney relied upon a wealth of grassroots organizing, electoral, and policy experience to work for her clients. An accomplished political strategist, Courtney lobbied for the firm’s corporate and non-profit clients including: Google, MasterCard, Airbnb, the National Urban League, the National Education Association, and Time Warner Cable.
Prior to joining The Raben Group, Courtney served as the Senior Lobbyist for the National PTA, directing their advocacy efforts on a variety of legislative issues including budget and appropriations, vouchers, and No Child Left Behind. In addition, she led the effort to mobilize the National PTA’s six million members and effectively prepare them to serve as competent citizen activists on behalf of “Every Child, With One Voice.” During her tenure at the National PTA, she chaired the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE), a coalition comprised of more than fifty education, civic, civil rights, and religious organizations devoted to defeating state and federal efforts to create publicly funded private school voucher programs and tuition tax credits.
Courtney also served as the Federal and National Policy Manager for the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), where she strongly advocated for policies to prevent discrimination and bullying of LGBTQ students in our nation’s schools. Courtney’s hallmark achievement was expanding the Safe Drug Free Schools Programs that focused on anti-bullying efforts across the country.
Courtney started her career in the Office of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin where she served as a staff assistant and a legislative associate. Immediately following her time on Capitol Hill, Courtney was the Political Assistant at the Human Right Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT political organization in the country.
An active leader in the Washington D.C.’s LGBT and African-American communities and a staunch public education advocate, Courtney has devoted her life to making Washington, D.C, a better place for all its residents, corner to corner. She has a record of coalition building and bringing people from different backgrounds together from across the city.