Courtney leads MassMutual’s Black Strategic Initiative, which is a cross-functional enterprise effort to examine MassMutual’s external and internal engagement with the Black and African American community and to identify and execute strategies for MassMutual to deploy that will contribute to the elimination of systemic structures that exacerbate racial inequities. Courtney also serves as Chair of Passages Business Resource Group, which focuses on issues relating to the advancement, retention, and development of Black and African American employees at MassMutual. She has been a member of Passages’ leadership team for the past 4 years.
In addition to her roles above, Courtney is also Lead Counsel within the Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser practice group at MassMutual. She is the primary regulatory attorney on FINRA and state securities matters that impact MassMutual’s retail broker-dealer, MML Investors Services, LLC. She represents the company in FINRA and state-related enforcement actions and provides general consultation and advice on issues relating to U4/U5 and 4530 questions, books and records, seniors, and other regulatory-related topics.
Before joining MassMutual in 2016, Courtney was an industry litigator for over 14 years as both in-house and outside counsel. She has represented broker-dealers and brokers in customer and industry disputes before FINRA’s Dispute Resolution Forum and currently serves on FINRA’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee.
Courtney has been passionate about advancing diversity throughout her career. She was a 2017 Fellow with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Also, she previously served on the executive board for Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and was a leader within the Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network. She also was an active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee,
where she served on a task force to study gender and minority equity in Minnesota law firms and corporations.
Courtney received a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications and in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her JD from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, son and two dogs.