JQ International is thrilled to be honoring Courtney Mizel with the Community Leadership Award at this year’s awards brunch. Courtney has been a pillar in community leadership since a very young age. Her devotion to service and advocacy has given her an opportunity to not only help others but give her life a sense of purpose that she feels drives her to succeed.
“I have been involved in non-profit work my whole life,” said Courtney, “My parents really instilled in us the importance of giving back. There is something to be said about the way I feel when I walk away from something that I do with non-profit.”
Soon after Courtney received her law degree from the University of Southern California Law School, she founded the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL), which is committed to educating and empowering individuals and organizations to combat terrorism. In addition to her focus on The CELL and several other non-profits, she has made her mark in several Jewish non-profits including JQ International.
“I have been working predominately in the Jewish non-profit community for over 20 years,” said Courtney, “JQ is providing access to people who are looking for that connection, and not only providing a service to the LGBTQ community but to the Jewish community because these are leaders that could have been overlooked because they didn’t have a place.”
As a member of the Governing Board at JQ International, Courtney helps advise the organization on many different successful ways that will help us thrive. Her drive to make JQ International the best it can possibly be is what makes her most deserving of this award. “I’m really helping to advise on the overall strategy of the organization and being honored with this award is very motivating for me,” Courtney said, “It is a huge honor to be recognized by a place that you have such great respect for.”
Erin Faith Wilson
JQ International Contributing Writer