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Courtney D. Sharpe

Director of Cultural Planning

Courtney D. Sharpe is an urban planner who focuses on advancing equitable access to resources in communities. Prior to becoming the Director of Planning for the Office of Arts and Culture, she served at the Boston Planning and Development Agency as the Senior Planner for Back Bay, Roxbury and Mattapan, where she led the implementation of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan via the PLAN: Dudley Square initiative.

Splitting her childhood between Washington, D.C., and the suburbs of Houston, Texas, Courtney completed her bachelor’s at Northwestern University and later received her Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she specialized in urban governance and social justice. Courtney co-chaired the inaugural Black in Design Conference in 2015 and has continued to serve as an Advisory Board member for subsequent conference planning. Prior to joining the City of Boston, she worked as both an Innovation Fellow and Innovation Field Lab Coordinator at the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center, assisted with immigrant rights as an AmeriCorps member in Chicago, and taught English and Arts as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.

A Mission Hill resident with a penchant for book clubs (she is in three and leads one), Courtney spends much of her time reading, cooking, and painting.