Courtney D. Sharpe is a first year Masters in Urban Planning candidate at the Graduate School of Design. Courtney’s childhood was split between Washington, DC and the suburbs of Houston, TX. She attended Northwestern University where she double majored in International Studies and Religion and minored in Asian American Studies. Upon graduation, Courtney served in the Peace Corps in Morocco as a Youth Development Volunteer. At the conclusion of the program she returned to Chicago as an AmeriCorps member where she served as the Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights overseeing a Harvard University study designed to increase civic participation among new and aspiring Americans.
While living in Chicago Courtney also served as the Vice President of the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association, participated in a six month business accelerator focusing on developing market solutions to the food desert crisis in the city and served as a Health Care Task Force Member and Jewish community liaison for Lakeview Action Coalition. After Chicago Courtney returned to Washington, DC to reconnect with family. While there she was a Jeremiah Social Justice Fellow with Jews United for Justice and worked as a Special Assistant to the CFO at U.S. General Services Administration, the latter being a position that she still holds.