Raleigh Managing Director
A native of Southeast Raleigh, Courtney Crowder has over 20 years of experience in public affairs, government relations and strategy. Courtney honed his skills in a range of public affairs and government relations positions. November 2019, Courtney accepted the role of the Raleigh Managing Director for APCO Worldwide, an independent global public affairs and strategic communications consultancy. With more than 600 employees in 35 worldwide locations, it is also the largest independently owned PR firm in the United States. Prior to joining APCO, Courtney established Crowder Consulting Company in 2012, which blossomed into a robust government relations agency that followed after he served as Legislative Director and senior advisor to Governor Beverly E. Perdue.
He counseled corporate, nonprofit and governmental organizations while at Capstrat, North Carolina’s premier strategic communications firm. He served as the Legislative Liaison for the North Carolina Department of Insurance and Special Assistant to Commissioner James E. “Jim” Long and was on the campaign and congressional staff for Congressman Bob Etheridge. Additionally, Courtney has played an active role in a host of campaigns at every level – presidential, statewide, congressional and local.
Deeply involved in the community, Courtney rolls up his sleeves for a wide range of causes, including education, public safety, affordable housing, the arts, and the state’s election system. Currently he serves on the Boards of UNC Rex Healthcare, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, YMCA of the Triangle, Advance Carolina and the North Carolina Education Lottery, as well as director of the North Carolina Black Alliance, just to name a few. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Courtney holds degrees in English literature and French from North Carolina Central University and an M.A. in liberal studies from Duke University. He also studied at Oxford University in Oxford, England where he completed the Program of History, Politics and Society at Exeter College.
Courtney is married to Byinna A. Crowder and they have two daughters, Courtney Amaya and Camille Ayana.