Kourtnii Brown is worm wrangler, soil slinger, and the Founder and Director of Common Compost in Oakland, California. Her on-site community compost projects empower sustainable resource recycling and improve local food systems throughout Alameda County. Before Common Compost was hatched, Kourtnii spent 15 years as an environmental policy analyst working to strengthen natural resource management and build community resilience to climate change, with field experience across the Asia-Pacific region. She currently consults on compost policy initiatives for the Sustainable Economies Law Center that educate community composters from around the Bay Area how to participate in shaping local compost rules and ordinances. Kourtnii also co-founded and serves as the Steering Committee Chair of the California Alliance for Community Composting.