Courtney Derr is Deputy Director of Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies. She previously served as the Deputy Director of Event Strategy for IHS and its sister organization, the Mercatus Center. Courtney started her career at the United States Senate but quickly grew tired of politics. She transitioned to the non-profit world and has over six years of development and event experience. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Courtney has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington in Seattle and recently finished a year-long trip around the world with her husband.