A proud native New Orleanian with a passion for serving her city, Courtney Thomas Barnes joins Berni Consulting as the Vice President of Communications. Courtney most recently served as the Chief Communications Officer for the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO). As a member of SWBNO’s executive team, she focused on both internal and external communications, public relations and intergovernmental affairs.
Courtney also served as SWBNO’s Press Secretary where she transformed relationships with key members of the media, which resulted in more fair and balanced news stories and an increased trust in the organization’s commitment to transparency.
Prior to her time at SWBNO, Courtney served in the Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu as a Communications Manager and oversaw communications for a diverse portfolio of city departments including the New Orleans Health Department, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the New Orleans Recreation Department.
Courtney graduated from Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Journalism and a concentration in Public Relations.
Courtney lives with her husband and daughter in Gentilly where they enjoy curating their outdoor living space, brunching at home and checking out the newest Netflix documentary.