Courtney Emerson is the Co-Founder and former Chief Operating Officer of All In Together. She is currently serving as a Strategy Officer for Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that she was an Expert at McKinsey & Company in New York, where she leads capability building and leadership development programs for private and public sector organizations.
As COO of AIT, Emerson led partnerships, training and community-building programs as well as managed day-to-day operations and the AIT team. She designed the “Advocacy 101” curriculum for AIT, which has reached thousands of women across the country and continues to drive AIT’s education and community-empowerment programming.
Previously, Emerson served as an Advisor to EverwiseWomen, Everwise’s cross-company women’s leadership development program supporting women from over 100 organizations, including Eventbrite, Microsoft, Spotify, Squarespace and T-Mobile. Formerly a Vice President at the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), Emerson advised Fortune 500 and global companies on the design and delivery of diversity and inclusion initiatives. While at CTI, she co-authored the CTI research report, Vaulting the Color Bar: How Sponsorship Levers Multicultural Individuals into Leadership, profiled by NPR in 2012.
Emerson has spoken at conferences and companies around the country, including Facebook, The Wing, Lyft, Oxford University’s Power Shift Summit, the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF), the YWCA of NYC and others. She has written for Refinery29, OZY, Huffington Post, The Hill, and New York Daily News and appeared on The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly, FOX Business, Cheddar TV and Salon.
Emerson began her career as a research assistant to Professor Amaney Jamal, Edward S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University, and has held positions at numerous non-profits, including Seeds of Peace and the ACLU. Emerson graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Politics and minor in Near Eastern Studies. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband.