Courtney M. McSwain is a multi-passionate writer, communications strategist, storyteller and advocate dedicated to the affirmation of marginalized voices. She is particularly interested in the power of personal narrative writing for Black women’s identity and political formation, and she uses her work to support Black women’s radical self-love and creative freedom.
Courtney’s passions manifest in many ways professionally. She currently works in a dual capacity as an in-house nonprofit communications specialist and as the founder of CM Storytelling – a communications coaching and consulting company that helps mission-driven leaders and entrepreneurs clarify their stories and affirm their voices. Courtney has worked with transformative changemakers addressing issues as varied as education, youth development, human trafficking, diversity and inclusion, and philanthropy in the Black community. Earlier in her career, Courtney applied her passion for writing, research, communications and social change as a research analyst with the Institute for Higher Education Policy and as a development officer with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
Courtney actively cultivates her creative passions as a writer and conversation curator. On Instagram (@courtneymcswain), Courtney regularly invites audiences into conversations on love, the power of owning one’s story, creative affirmation and activating one’s voice. She hosts multiple events on Instagram LIVE, including a monthly book club discussion, community poetry readings and “Saturday Chats” on personal growth topics like intention and goal setting and self-acceptance. She is currently preparing to launch a new essay blog CM Musing to explore what it means to be a Black woman (re) imagining herself at 40.
Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from NC A&T State University and a master’s degree in public policy from American University. Having lived in Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia for over a decade, Courtney returned to her hometown of Greensboro, NC where she now resides.