Courtney grew up in Cape Cod Massachusetts, where her love for the ocean blossomed.
After leaving New England to pursue a degree in Marine Biology at the University of Miami she became interested in connecting science and policy. She then earned her master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island where her thesis research focused on message framing and its effects on public support for plastic reduction policies. In her spare time Courtney loves to SCUBA dive, explore new parts of DC on foot, and read a good book. She is excited to bring her passion for saving the ocean from plastic to Oceana!