Courtenay O’Connor
Freshwater Fund Associate Director

Courtenay is responsible for building The Freshwater Trust’s presence across the Bay Area and growing philanthropic revenue streams for The Freshwater Fund. She comes to the Trust with over a decade of development experience, including three years fundraising for conservation projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands. In addition, she has advised dozens of institutions across the United States and the nonprofit spectrum while serving as a consultant with CCS, LLC, a global leader in strategic fundraising. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Courtenay consulted with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Burundi, Catholic Relief Services in Guinea, and the Ministry of Health in Palau. She holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Vermont. She enjoys hiking, yoga, and any activities on or in the water – from surfing to SCUBA diving.

Courtenay’s Why: I work at TFT because it truly understands  the natural resource management challenges we face in a climate-wrought future, and uniquely offers a hopeful vision through technology, finance and conservation outcomes. I am humbled to be a part of this team of extremely innovative high-performers who inspire me to get out of bed every morning and make a lasting change on our natural world – for the better.

Home River: Narrow River – Pettaquamscutt Watershed, Rhode Island