Courtney S. Hayward is the Director of Government Relations at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin and serves as the registered Lobbyist for the organization where she uses her knowledge of policy issues and the enter-workings of government to influence legislation at the state and local level. She also uses her role at Planned Parenthood Advocates to share her knowledge of Wisconsin politics with Black lead organizations in order to bring more individuals and groups from that community into the advocacy and policy space. She holds a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida, a Master’s in Public Administration and is currently working on her dissertation so she can earn her Doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. Prior to starting her tenure at Planned Parenthood she worked in the grants and fundraising arena which gave her the necessary skills and experience to network with individuals across a myriad of disciplines. She’s originally from South Florida but has been living and working in the Madison Wisconsin community for over 6 years. She’s passionate about mentoring, advocacy, and helping others. In her very limited free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her mentees, and going for long drives.