Garrison K. Courtney

Garrison K. Courtney is currently the Vice President for Business Development for Aderas, Inc. Mr. Courtney has an extensive background and experience with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the intelligence community, and media. Previous to his current roles, Mr. Courtney served as the Chief of Public Affairs for the Drug Enforcement Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Justice. In this position, he directed the public affairs, crisis communications, and media relations efforts and served as the primary spokesperson for over 212 domestic and 96 foreign offices.

Mr. Courtney began his government communications career as the regional spokesperson for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for Northern Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia, serving as the spokesperson on high-profile immigration and border issues immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks. In 2003, after the INS merged into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Mr. Courtney was promoted to assist in the public affairs and branding efforts for a newly-created law enforcement agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). During his tenure with DHS, he also worked for the Border and Transportation Security Directorate, becoming its first press secretary, which oversaw all strategic communications and media relations efforts for the border and law enforcement components of DHS. While at DHS, Mr. Courtney served as the communications and media relations lead for such high-profile events as the 2004 presidential elections, sniper shooting, international enforcement issues, and high-profile enforcement operations. Mr. Courtney has also worked as the Communications Director and Homeland Security Legislative Liaison for Representative Katherine Harris (R-Florida), as an anchor/reporter for CBS News, and is a U.S. Army veteran.

A native of Great Falls, Montana, Mr. Courtney is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism Department at the University of Montana and holds a Master’s of Public Policy from George Mason University with an emphasis in Human Values, Culture, and Social Policy.