Former Hawthorne California Mayor Chris Brown, 38, has a mission. Several years, it was helping aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs open businesses in the state. Now that mission has extended to helping thousands of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder generate income by selling CBD products via Brown’s existing state licenses. The latter challenge—getting a license–has been especially difficult to attain given that not every municipality and county in the Golden State wants a dispensary in town, legalization notwithstanding.
“We must honor veterans in a way that reflects the courageous sacrifice they have rendered to us as a nation.”
Courtney is an advocate on behalf of issues concerning women veterans and adequate housing for homeless veterans. Courtney has a vision to both create initiatives and strongly advocate for policy reform to ensure that all veterans receive the quality of care they deserve in healthcare, housing, and transitional support.
Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Courtney became actively involved in community service and civil rights activism at a young age following in the footsteps of her father who served as President of NAACP in Utah back in the early 60s and advocated for civil rights regarding fair housing and employment opportunities. In high school, she founded and was elected President of the Altadena Youth and College NAACP chapter. She moved on to serve in the California State Conference of the NAACP and as the Los Angeles County Regional Director for California Association of Student Councils. After high school, Courtney served in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Specialist. She was medically discharged due to injuries sustained while serving. Upon discharge, Courtney attended Pasadena City College and transferred to University of California – Davis, majoring in political science – public service and legal studies.
Courtney found her niche in educating and organizing young voters, training emerging young leaders and working on political campaigns including President Barack Obama, the Finance Committee for then Attorney General Kamala Harris and Cory Booker for New Jersey Senate and many other local campaigns in various capacities. Courtney became involved with Young Democrats of America, and served as the Chair of the Veterans and Military Affairs Caucus. Courtney founded and served as Chair of the Black Caucus California Young Democrats and served on the executive committee of the African-American Caucus of the California Democratic Party. She has also served on the Advisory Board of Democratic Gain, Board of Directors of The Foundation for Social Justice and Emerging Leaders of Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
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