Courtney D. Sharpe

Title: Director of Cultural Planning
Organization: City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture
Location: Boston, MA

Courtney D. Sharpe is an urban planner who focuses on advancing equitable access to resources in communities. Prior to becoming the Director of Planning for the Office of Arts and Culture, she served as a Senior Urban Planner at the Boston Planning and Development Agency. 

Splitting her childhood between Washington, D.C., and the suburbs of Houston, Texas, Courtney completed her bachelor’s at Northwestern University and later received her Master’s in Urban Planning from the Harvard GSD where she specialized in urban governance and social justice. Prior to joining the City of Boston, she was an Innovation Fellow and worked as an Innovation Field Lab Coordinator at the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center, assisted with immigrant rights as an AmeriCorps member in Chicago, and taught English and Arts as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. 

Courtney is on the Advisory Committees for the Northeastern School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Arts Connect International. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Boston Society for Architecture. 

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