CAPA21 Chair Glen S. Fukushima and CAPA21 President Dale Minami welcome Courtni Pugh as a Leadership Council Co-Chair.

capa21-courtni-pughCourtni Pugh is a Partner at Hilltop Public Solutions where she heads all California-based operations for the firm. In this role, she serves as Senior Political Advisor for Senate President pro tem Kevin de Leon and helps lead a number of initiatives for political and non-profit causes.

Prior to joining Hilltop, Pugh served as Executive Director of SEIU Local 99. In this post, she helped lead negotiations for a landmark increase in the minimum wage for Los Angeles Unified School District employees. Hailed as a significant victory in the nationwide “Fight for $15,” the wage increase capped Courtni’s impressive career as the head of the local.

A veteran political strategist and community organizer, Pugh has managed numerous multi-million dollar independent expenditure campaigns in California. She began her career as a field organizer in Oakland, California. She later held senior posts in such campaigns as John Edwards for President, Kerry-Edwards 2004, and Gore-Lieberman 2000. She served as Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Danny Davis in Washington D.C. Courtni is also co-founder of CAPASA, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association.

Courtni joins an incredible group of AAPI leaders and luminaries as Leadership Council Co-Chairs: Tessie Guillermo, Kiran Jain, Virginia Delegate Mark Kean, Phong La, Ginger Lew, Steve Ngo (honorary), Mona Pasquil, Dilawar Syed, Maeley Tom, and Helen Zia.

Leadership Council Co-Chairs help Glen and Dale focus CAPA21’s strategic direction and help ensure that we have viewpoints that represent the diversity of our Asian American communities.