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Courtney Lee-Ashley Director, University of North Carolina

Courtney Lee-Ashley has more than a decade of experience working in Washington, DC. She is the Director of U.S. Policy and Government Affairs at Merck. She previously served as a Director of Federal Advocacy at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), where she worked on legislative issues on behalf of the innovative pharmaceutical industry.

Before moving into government affairs work, Courtney spent the majority of her career working on political campaigns. Her first position on Capitol Hill was with Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, but she quickly found her way to campaign politics and spent the next seven years working in various political and fundraising positions. She is most proud of her work during the 2012 and 2014 cycles at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) where she raised approximately $50 million to re-elect Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

While it has been a while since Courtney has lived in North Carolina, she still considers it home and is most certainly southern at heart. She is a proud Tar Heel – graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in History and Communications. When she is not watching college basketball, you can find her cooking with her husband, Matt, in the Navy Yard neighborhood. They are expecting their first child in the Spring of 2017.