Courtney Walsh

Manager of Corporate and Strategic Partnerships

Courtney Walsh is the Manager of Corporate and Strategic Partnerships at Polaris. She works with companies on anti-human trafficking initiatives to integrate into their overall operations and supply chains.

Most recently, Ms. Walsh served as a Regional Specialist in Polaris's Advisory Services team, covering 20 states. During her tenure with Advisory Services, Ms. Walsh provided trainings and consultations to cross-sector audiences and managed the anti-trafficking strategy and response in her states.

Before joining Polaris, Ms. Walsh was a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and, before that, a Research Associate and Fellow for Catalyst’s Research Center for Equity in Business Leadership. She has also lived in the Dominican Republic, where she taught English and focused on women and youth development at a community development organization.

Ms. Walsh holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she concentrated in business and government policy and managed a yearlong consultancy engagement with Microsoft Research and USC on technology and trafficking. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University (High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa).

Outside of work, she currently serves as President of the Harvard Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development organization and is an Adjunct Professor in American University's Kogod School of Business MBA program.


Blog Posts by Courtney Walsh

Polaris works with ECPAT-USA and Marriott International on human trafficking training initiative

Polaris works with ECPAT-USA and Marriott International on human trafficking training initiative

Courtney Walsh|January 12, 2017

All too often, traffickers fly under the radar in hotels because staff and managers do not know what signs to look for on their premises. To address just these concerns, Marriott International took a recent significant step in their efforts to combat trafficking.

Connecticut Moves Toward Eradicating Human Trafficking in Hotels and Motels with New Law

Courtney Walsh|August 05, 2016

As of October 2016, Connecticut hotel and motel staff in will receive mandatory training on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking. 

From Ohio to the White House: One Family's Story

Courtney Walsh|January 19, 2016

The D'Souza family came to the U.S. for a promising new job. Instead, they were forced into a nightmare.