Managing Director | National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
Courtney Breese is managing director for the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). Courtney manages NCDD’s day-to-day operations and directs ongoing programming for the NCDD network (Confabs, Tech Tuesdays, and more). She also leads several NCDD projects, including our current initiative with the American Librarian Association, training library staff to facilitate engagement in their communities. Courtney has been involved with NCDD for years, serving as Conference Manager for the 2012, 2014, and 2016 national conferences and previously as a member of NCDD’s Board of Directors. She is a trainer, mediator, and facilitator with extensive experience in the National Issues Forums framework. When she isn’t working with NCDD, Courtney also works part-time with the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, where she works on training projects and manages a mediation program.
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