Courtney La Bau


Courtney is a C-suite executive and has over 20 years of experience in the international political and business arenas. She is a strategic advisor, published author, and speaker on national security, counter-extremism, culture and business around the world, specializing in strategic partnerships and building cross cultural bridges. She is one of LA’s 40 under 40 (2017), and has been featured on CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, Euro News, The Hill, and Sky News Arabia. Most recently, she had a one hour special on CNN with Lisa Ling, highlighting the changing face of terrorism.

Courtney currently serves as a Los Angeles World Airports Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles. She is appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by City Council, and is serving a five year term. By the Charter of the City of Los Angeles, she is part of a board responsible for the formulation of all airport policy for LAX and VNY. The team responsibilities involve managing more than $30 billion dollars in programs to revolutionize how guests access the airport, and to modernize all aspects of one of the nation’s busiest general aviation airports. In conjunction with the CEO, Courtney also works with the largest airport police force in the United States, and collaborates with public safety team and outside government stakeholders to ensure the protection of the public and property.

Courtney is currently an Instructor with the Safe Communities Institute at the University of Southern California, and a former Los Angeles City Ethics Commissioner.

Courtney is the CEO & Founder of CLB Global Strategies, a consulting firm focusing on the intersection of national security and business around the world. Over decades, Courtney has worked in these senior roles on behalf of the federal government, think tanks, law enforcement agencies, and the private sector. During this time, she created and led numerous initiatives to build civil society, community resilience, and counter all forms of extremist narratives. She has a proven level of success through her authentic approach to understanding people, having won multiple awards and honors from various communities, government entities, and elected officials. She has travelled the world interviewing currently incarcerated and former extremists, and has a demonstrated passion and commitment to breaking down silos and enhancing equity in our communities.

Prior to that, she served as the Chief Global Strategy Officer for Neocova. She was responsible for the overall strategy of the organization’s international work – assessing and creating strategy for regions around the world based on the political, economic, and business environments of each new market. She also oversaw the DC public affairs efforts and political connectivity for the company.

Courtney is the former Vice Chair of Emerge California, and has worked on numerous political campaigns at the local level as well as at the presidential level, having advised candidates on extremism and terrorism issues. She is a Political Partner for the Truman National Security Project, and co-head of the Homeland Security & Community Resilience Group.

Previously, Courtney lived in Cairo, Egypt working on global investments in the region. Courtney started her career as a Global Investor for JPMorgan Securities, spending six years at the firm. She continues this work as an avid investor today. She has lived and worked in over 65 countries, has a deep knowledge of cultures around the world, and speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Arabic. Courtney graduated from the University of Southern California with a Business Administration (Finance) degree.

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