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Kourtney Cockrell

Kourtney Cockrell

  • Vice President and Regional Director, Global Philanthropy and Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Kourtney Cockrell (she/her) is a change leader, strategic advisor, and social justice educator with over two decades of cross-sector experience increasing access and opportunity for marginalized students and young professionals. Kourtney is an instructor with the Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University and is a co-founder of the FGLI Consortium, a national organization providing leadership, expertise, and resources to improve the experience of first-generation and/or lower-income college students at highly selective universities and colleges.

Kourtney serves as Vice President in Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., leading the Chicago market for The Fellowship Initiative, a college access and leadership development program for young men of color. Kourtney is also spearheading a new investment focused on young women of color. Most recently, Kourtney served as Founding Director of Student Enrichment Services at Northwestern University, where she led a cross-functional team working with students coming from first-generation, lower-income, and/or undocumented backgrounds. She also led the Project Excite Program through the School of Education and Social Policy, and worked in talent management with Alumni Relations and Development.

Prior to Northwestern, Kourtney worked with The Posse Foundation as the National Director of Career and Alumni Programs, served as an Admissions Officer with the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and acted as National Diversity Recruiting Manager with McMaster-Carr.

Kourtney is a seasoned practitioner in diversity, equity, and inclusion training and facilitation, student success work, social justice education, organizational change leadership, and talent management. She is a Senior Consultant with CoAct Consulting and works with organizations to create more inclusive and welcoming environments. Kourtney also consults with universities and colleges to design and implement educational access and success initiatives for first-generation, lower-income, and underrepresented students.

Kourtney earned her BA in African-American Studies at the University of Michigan and her MS in Learning and Organizational Change from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.