Courtney Kimmel joined the Captain Planet Foundation team in 2015 to lend a broad systems thinking perspective to the organization’s program development strategy. Courtney comes to CPF following an academic position at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, where she developed graduate and professional programs focused on cross-boundary interventions to direct more sustainable forms of development, with a particular emphasis on institutional systems change in rapidly urbanizing regions of the world. She has done research on sustainability systems across the US as well as in places such as India, South Africa, Brazil, and China. 

In addition to her work with CPF, Courtney remains engaged in projects relating to affecting institutional change to strengthen regional food systems, urban forestry and green infrastructure programs, water resource management, and climate adaptation programs. Courtney has a BA in Economics and Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland; a MA in Political Science, and a PhD in Forestry and Environmental Conservation both from Virginia Tech. Courtney grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and just moved to Atlanta in 2015; she has fallen in love with the city for its vibrant energy and sense of place.