COURTNEY LA BAU
Courtney has 20 years experience in the international political and business arenas. She is a strategic advisor, published author, and speaker on national security, counter-extremism, culture and hate around the world, specializing in strategic partnerships and building cross cultural bridges. She is one of LA’s 40 under 40 (2017), and has been featured on CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, Euro News, The Hill, and Sky News Arabia. Most recently, she had a one hour special on CNN with Lisa Ling, highlighting the changing face of terrorism and hate.
With a diverse, multicultural and multidisciplinary background, Courtney’s worldview is centered on showing the world that despite our differences, we are much more alike than we are far apart.
Courtney La Bau most recently served as the Chief Global Strategy Officer for Neocova. She was responsible for the overall strategy of the organization’s international work – assessing and creating strategy for regions around the world based on the political, economic, and business environments of each new market. She also oversaw the DC public affairs efforts and political connectivity for the company.
Over the years, Courtney has worked in senior roles on behalf of the federal government, think tanks, and law enforcement agencies. During this time in the counter-terrorism and national security space, she created and led numerous initiatives to build civil society, community resilience, and counter all forms of extremist narratives. She has a proven level of success through her authentic approach to understanding people, having won multiple awards and honors from various communities, government entities, and elected officials. She has travelled the world interviewing currently incarcerated and former extremists, and has a demonstrated passion and commitment to breaking down silos and enhancing equity in our communities.
Courtney is also the Vice Chair of Emerge California, and has worked on numerous political campaigns at the local level as well as at the presidential level, having advised candidates on extremism and
terrorism issues. She is a Political Partner for the Truman National Security Project, and co-head of the Homeland Security & Community Resilience Group.
Previously, Courtney has worked and lived in Cairo, Egypt. Courtney started her career as a Global Investor for JPMorgan Securities, spending six years at the firm building the foundation of her career. She has lived and worked in over 55 countries, has a deep knowledge of cultures around the world, and speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Arabic.