Cortney Dunklin
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Graduate Student Fellow at the City of Milwaukee

Cortney Dunklin, a native of Detroit, MI, is pursuing her master’s degree in Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was rewarded with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Economic Development Fellowship through the College of Letters and Science Center for Economic Development. As a Fellow, Cortney works at the City of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development on a grant with the goal of improving Milwaukee neighborhoods and blocks while also employing underemployed and unemployed individuals.

She received her a BA in Psychology and BS in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University. After graduation, Cortney moved to Milwaukee to serve two years with City Year Milwaukee as an Americorps member and Senior Americorps member. Cortney served as a tutor, mentor, and role model in a seventh-grade classroom at Hopkins Lloyd Community School. During year two as a Senior Americorps member, she led a group of seven young people to tutor and mentor ninth grade students, provided after-school tutoring, and oversaw whole school events at South Division High School. Cortney spoke many times about her experience at City Year at the annual dinner, at other nonprofits, corporations, and with some of our nation's legislators. After serving with Americorps for two years, Cortney was hired as a Program Manager for City Year Milwaukee where she improved the partnership between her organization and the partner school. In her second year as a Program Manager, she was selected by the Senior Leadership Team to represent City Year Milwaukee as a YMCA Black Achiever in 2016. As a Black Achiever, Cortney helped to organize leadership summits, conduct scholarship interviews, and mentor students of color enrolled in the program.  Before leaving City Year to pursue her master’s degree she was promoted to a Director level position where she successfully began the relationship between City Year and two new partner schools in the district.

Now, Cortney is on the City Year Alumni Board, where she provides support to current Americorps members through encouragement, events, advice, etc. Her professional interests are inclusivity and diversity in hiring, environmental justice, food accessibility, and public policy.