Erica G. Courtney is U.S. Army veteran having served in various positions to include; military police, scout helicopter pilot and paratrooper. As a trailblazer, she graduated number one in her cadet class, was part of the first group of women to go Cavalry and the first to graduate the Advanced Armor Cavalry Course. Her staff work included flight operations, senior logistical, contracting and budget management positions in charge of $750M in equipment, 200 million-dollar budgets and 2,500 people in the most deployable units in peacetime and in war. Upon leaving active duty after 14-years of service in 2005, she worked as a corporate executive and then founded a company focused on government business development growing on average of 45% year-over-year for five years. Erica then sold the company in 2014 and founded 2020vet, Inc. centered around supply chain management and engineering services. She re-commissioned in 2013 in the U.S. Army Reserve where she was a cadet instructor at a time of female integration due to the recently passed laws allowing women in combat arms branches and currently serves as a Major on the Joint Chiefs of Staff working on Women, Peace and Security as a NATO certified Gender Advisor. This position requires her to inform senior military leadership about international law and how to incorporate a gender perspective into all policy, strategy, operations and plans in order to increase situational awareness and increase chances of peace and stability. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Women Impacting Public Policy and a member of NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council. Additionally, she is a Commissioner appointed by the Governor to the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls representing approximately 20M residents. She is co-founder of Zulu Time, Inc. which is a veteran transition center focused on community integration ultimately providing the veteran a livelihood and sense of purpose.
Formerly, Erica was a Commissioner representing more than 650K women in Florida, was a Board member of an independent K-8 school, and a Past Board President of the U.S. Veterans Business Alliance-the longest running national veteran organization focused on veterans and entrepreneurship. She speaks across the globe about diversity inclusion with a special emphasis on women, military and veterans-and the minority groups within the veteran community. She has built out programs addressing inequities and leveraging diversity within organizations. Erica has received numerous awards to include being named as a woman with the leadership background and ability to change the world by Oprah and the White House Project, 40 under 40 doing good things in business and the community by the Jacksonville, FL Business Journal, a 2015 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2016 National SROTC Cadet Instructor of the Year, 2016 nominated change maker by the White House Summit on the United State of Women, 2017 Small Business Innovation award by AT&T and a Veteran Leader by NAWRB in 2019. Erica has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Hawaii, an Executive MBA from Florida International University and EMBA program internships in India and China.
BA, MBA, Instructor Training through U.S. Army, Gender Advisor through NATO, Command and General Staff College U.S. Army (Field Grade Senior Officers)
Over 25 years of being less than 1% of the population (women in combat arms in the military), multiple Board positions (women, business, policy, education, veterans, technology, diversity), led hundreds of troops, businesses and advocacy groups, Adjunct Professor at Stanford, San Jose and Santa Clara Universities, speaker, contributor and Commissioner. Experience with transit companies to include DoT, Caltrans and Proterra, Inc.