Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

TITLE:  Senior Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Food systems

CONTACT:  617-951-2525; cbourns@kendall.org

PROFILE: Courtney Bourns has been with the Kendall Foundation since June 2011 and serves as a senior program officer. Courtney’s foundation bio shares:

Courtney Bourns is a senior program officer at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation.  In this role, she collaborates with her colleagues on the staff and board of the Foundation to determine strategic and grantmaking priorities.  She is currently helping to roll out the Foundation’s new grantmaking program focused on building a resilient food system across the six New England states.

Courtney joined the foundation in 2011 after three years as Vice President of Programs with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations in Washington, DC. There, she directed efforts to advance the field of philanthropy by supporting grantmakers to partner with their grantees in ways that make the biggest difference to grantee effectiveness and ultimately lead to impact.  Courtney brought to GEO her expertise in facilitation, organizational development and multi-stakeholder change initiatives.  She was the author of GEO’s 2010 publication entitled, “Do Nothing About Me Without Me: An Action Guide for Engaging Stakeholders.”

Previously, Courtney served as director of organizational development at Conservation International and senior associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change. Today, she is a board member at the Center for Courage and Renewal. 

Courtney received her BA from Brown University and her MA from Union Theological Seminary.

Read Maine Food Strategy’s interview with Bourns to learn more about her take on food systems.