Director of National Leadership and Education
Courtney Knox serves as Director of National Leadership and Education at the Center for Community Progress where she oversees, coordinates and implements a diverse range of leadership and educational opportunities, including the national Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference.
Prior to taking on the role of Director of National Leadership and Education in the Fall of 2015, Ms. Knox served as the Associate Director of Michigan Initiatives at the Center for Community Progress where she helped communities across the country build systems and capacity to prevent and reuse blighted, vacant and abandoned property. She also worked closely with localities in Michigan to create land bank authorities, facilitating the development of policies and procedures, programs for acquisition, disposition and interim use, and the creation of educational opportunities for land bank staff and elected officials. Ms. Knox was the subject matter expert for the creation of ePropertyPlus, property management software created to meet the needs of land banks. In addition to land banks, Ms. Knox has worked with local governments in Michigan on strategic code enforcement efforts to address blight and improve the quality of life for residents.
Prior to joining Community Progress, Ms. Knox was an accountant at the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, where her work supported the day-to-day operations of land bank functions. She assisted the authority in the acquisition and disposition of property, initial property inspections, tracking of tax foreclosed properties, rental management, deed and land contract preparation, quiet title, and eviction and forfeiture processes. From 2004-2007, Ms. Knox was a financial consultant for the Genesee County Land Bank, providing financial support to the organization’s Chief Financial Officer.
Ms. Knox has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Michigan.