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Fighting for the people


A strong leader with a progressive track record of getting things done

Courtney Cecelia Welch is an East Bay native, experienced civic leader, proud mother of two, and member of the Emeryville City Council. 

Courtney is the former Director of Policy and Communications with the Bay Area Community Land Trust, (BACLT) where she and her team helped create permanently affordable housing through cooperatively-run land stewardship projects.

Prior to BACLT, Courtney was the Continuum of Care Specialist with EveryOne Home, where she played a key role in ensuring the Alameda County Continuum of Care is compliant and operates efficiently and effectively to address homelessness. In 2015, she founded Courtney Consulting Agency, a virtual assistant firm dedicated to assisting minority-owned startups and small businesses with administrative and operations needs. 

Courtney has a long track record of community service, including previously serving as an elected Assembly District 15 delegate to the California Democratic Party and secretary, chair, and political director of the California Young Democrats Black Caucus. Courtney currently serves on the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Advisory Board, Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women, the Center for the Vulnerable Child-Children's Hospital Oakland Consumer Advisory Board, and was appointed to the City of Emeryville Housing Committee


A graduate of Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Courtney attended the College of Alameda and Hampton University. She resides in the Christie Core neighborhood in Emeryville with her sons Caleb and Cruz.

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