Hi, I'm Cortney! 

Cortney Ahern is a connector, builder and ambassador whose motivation springs from the belief that everyone deserves access to good food.

She has worked across the food chain and across sectors, tackling complex issues including food insecurity, climate change, food system biodiversity, and international agricultural development. 

Cortney has provided her thoughts to publications and events including National Geographic, Food Tank: The Food Think Tank, the Christian Science Monitor, and Farm Aid, and she has been profiled by Lady Guns Global, Slow Food USA, Forth Chicago, and The Limited’s #LeadingLooksLike campaign.

Cortney’s appetite has guided her from her home state of Minnesota, to apprenticing on a family farm in New York, to catching red ants in Thai jungles. She would do anything for one more xiao-long-bao from Yang’s in Shanghai, always stockpiles extra butter in her freezer, and her most prized possessions are her grandfather’s homemade cabbage slicer and grandmother’s handwritten recipes.

Photo by Eva Deitch

Photo by Eva Deitch


Cortney Ahern is currently pursuing her Master in Environmental Management (MEM) at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with a focus in agriculture and food security.