Courtney Spearman manages the Design program for the National Endowment for the Arts, overseeing the NEA’s relationship with and support for the design field across the country and managing the Art Works Design grant program. Through the Design program and the NEA’s Our Town creative placemaking program, Courtney works with Native American communities to support business incubator and entrepreneurship training, housing development, culturally-driven economic development, and tribe-specific placemaking and placekeeping projects.
Trained as a landscape architect and architectural historian, Courtney came to the NEA after working for The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a DC-based, non-profit focused on raising awareness about design landscapes. She has also worked in landscape practice at EDAW/AECOM in Alexandria, Virginia. Before returning to graduate school, Courtney worked for a small tech start-up in Houston and London doing project management and product development, and for several Houston museums and art galleries.
Courtney has masters degrees in landscape architecture and architectural history from the University of Virginia, and bachelors degrees in history and art and art history from Rice University.