Courtenay Nantz

Senior Associate, Diversity Leaders Initiative

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Courtenay Laughlin Nantz is a senior associate for the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI), working to craft DLI classes across South Carolina. She joined the Riley Institute in 2008 as project director for the Center for Education Policy and Leadership, leading work that shared the findings of the institute’s study of South Carolina public education with stakeholders around the state, and collaborating with partners on projects that supported those findings.

From 2012 to 2017, she led an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant project, undertaken with KnowledgeWorks Foundation. In that role, she directed the implementation of the transformative New Tech Network model in under-resourced, historically low-performing schools in South Carolina and the expansion of the model to districts across the stat

A former teacher and school administrator in Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, Nantz holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in school leadership and administration, both from Furman. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in educational leadership at Shenandoah University.