First elected in 2006, Courtney served eight years as Oakland’s City Auditor. During her tenure,she turned around a troubled agency and made it a model of accountability, transparency, and results. The office was honored in 2014 with a national award for its work and Courtney was named one of the Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing. Courtney was recently a candidate for Mayor of the City of Oakland.
Courtney has been an executive in governmental and political organizations for twenty years,including Chief Financial Officer for the State of Illinois Department of Human Rights and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Democratic National Committee and the 1996 Democratic National Convention Committee.
A graduate of American University, a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, Courtney has dedicated her life to the service of others, creating organizational change and ensuring organizations manage their financial resources effectively. Prior to becoming Oakland’s elected City Auditor, Courtney spent almost a year in Ghana Africa creating an independent educational support system for children and their families, in addition to providing capacity building for a national NGO.
Courtney resides in East Oakland with her two boys, ages six and seven.