Courtney Derr

Senior Director of Student Programs


Courtney Derr is the Senior Director of Student Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies, leading a passionate and talented team dedicated to inspiring and educating millions of students about the ideas of freedom through events, videos, intensive educational experiences, and more.

Courtney joined IHS in 2011 and oversaw the planning and execution of IHS’s 50th anniversary dinner. Since then, she’s worn many hats at IHS – planning events for IHS supporters around the country, leading the brand strategy and communications team, and supporting the previous Senior Director of Programs as deputy. Courtney has over eight years of non-profit experience and has worked at the Tax Foundation in addition to a brief stint on Capitol Hill.

Courtney has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington in Seattle.