Courtni Burleson joined ACS in January 2015 as the Associate Director of Development and now serves as the Senior Director of Foundation Relations. In this role, she oversees the organization’s grant reporting and foundation funding activities that support ACS’s many programs. Prior to joining ACS, Courtni worked on criminal justice policy issues as the staff attorney for the D.C. Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission, serving as the primary resource for guidance and policy support on the District’s Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines. Previously, she worked in New York as a senior program associate with the Vera Institute of Justice, Center on Sentencing and Corrections. For three years, Courtni litigated criminal appeals with the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City and was a motions clerk and intern with public defender offices in Washington, D.C. and California. Courtni has also worked as a freelance editor, collaborating on both fiction and non-fiction projects.
Courtni received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Justice, Law and Society from American University. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) where she was editor-in-chief of the African American Law & Policy Report, co-director of the First-Year Moot Court Program and an active advocate for encouraging diversity in all aspects of legal education and practice. She is a former co-chair, board member and fellowship coordinator for the Berkeley Law Foundation, which funds innovative and critical public interest legal projects. Courtni is a member of the New York Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.