Courtney Cecelia Welch

Director of Policy And Communications, Commissioner, and Councilmember in Emeryville, CA, USA

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I am a freelance government affairs consultant, focusing on state housing law compliance, housing programs, and public affairs.

Currently, I serve as a member of the Emeryville City Council and was selected as the 2023 Vice Mayor.

Previously, I held the role of Director of Policy and Communications with the Bay Area Community Land Trust, where my team and I help create permanently affordable housing through cooperatively-run land stewardship projects. Additionally, I was the Continuum of Care Specialist with EveryOne Home, where I played a key role in ensuring the Alameda County Continuum of Care is HUD compliant and operates efficiently and effectively to address homelessness. My other past roles include affordable Housing Program Coordinator with HomeownershipSF and an Administrative and Membership Associate for the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. In 2015, I founded Courtney Consulting Agency, a virtual assistant firm dedicated to assisting minority-owned startups and small businesses with administrative and operations needs.

Civic Leadership Roles:

Chair, Alameda County Housing and Community Development Advisory Board

Commissioner, Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women

Board Member, ALL IN Steering Committee

Associate, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee

Board Member, Center for the Vulnerable Child-Children's Hospital Oakland Consumer Advisory Board

Member, Junior League of Oakland-East Bay

Former Chair, Political Director California Young Democrats Black Caucus

Former Assembly District Delegate, Assembly District 15

Former Commissioner, Alameda County Public Health Commission

Former Board Member, City of Oakland Community Policing Advisory Board

Former Board Member, Rockridge Community Planning Council

2018 New Leader's Council Fellow

2019 Family Independence Initiative Community Building Fellow

Emerge California, 2019 Northern California Program Member

The Sac Hub Magazine's Exceptional Woman of Color Award Honoree, 2016 (Entrepreneurship)

I reside in Emeryville, CA where I play the most important role, being a mother to my sons, Caleb and Cruz.

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  • Work
    • Bay Area Community Land Trust
  • Education
    • College of Alameda
    • Hampton University
    • Future Generations University
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