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North America Managing Director and Chair of Advocacy

Courtney Crowder, a leading expert in public affairs, government relations and political strategy, brings a wealth of experience and a track record of success. With a career spanning nearly 25 years, Courtney is known for his insightful approach and unrivaled knowledge of complex policy issues and strategic initiatives. In his current role at APCO, Courtney serves as the North America managing director and chair of Advocacy and manages the firm’s operations in Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, overseeing the South Region.

Prior to APCO, Courtney founded and operated Crowder Consulting, where he leveraged his experience to provide tailored advisory services. His expertise in the political arena was further refined in his role as legislative director and senior advisor to Governor Bev Perdue, where he played a key role in policy formulation and strategic decision-making.

Before joining the governor’s office, he counseled corporate, non-profit and governmental organizations at Capstrat, a North Carolina-based communications firm. He also 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 from 2000 to 2003. He has played an active role in a host of campaigns at every level – presidential, state-wide, congressional and local.

Courtney received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French from North Carolina Central University and his Master of Arts 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.