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DIRECTOR OF ISSUES & ENGAGEMENT

Courtney Bailey

Mobile #: 512-739-7736

Email: cbailey@leadershipaustin.org

If I were asked to pick a word to describe how I see myself in the community, I would say connector. I am a connector of people, ideas and experiences. Whether as a program director for Leadership Austin, or a volunteer in my community, my purpose is to bring diverse people together in meaningful and inclusive ways to address issues in our region. In addition to my role at Leadership Austin, I find joy in lending my expertise and civic skills to a number of organizations and initiatives, including NAMI Central Texas (board of director), Sundara Yoga Therapy (faculty), and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office Building Bridges Community Dialogues (host/presenter). I am also a proud graduate from Howard University, where I studied political science and community development.

Throughout my experiences, the most valuable lesson that I have learned is to put people before titles, degrees, income, age, abilities, or other differences. So, it is not surprising that one of my favorite quotes is from Audre Lorde, which says “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

If you want to read some random and fun facts about me, click here!