About ICF

Courtney Barthle

Senior Director, Social Policy and Poverty Solutions
Courtney is a social policy and poverty solutions expert with 20 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating efforts to foster economic mobility.

Courtney leads teams responsible for innovative solutions for vulnerable families. She is an expert in multigenerational approaches, trauma informed practice, and translating research into practice.

Previously, Courtney worked on the Office of Family Assistance Welfare Peer Temporary Assistance Network, a flagship technical assistance vehicle that connects state, tribal, and local Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs with peer-based innovations. Over the course of her career, she has led efforts such as the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse, Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® for the Office of Adolescent Health, California’s Online CalWORKs Appraisal Tool, the Michigan Energy Security Research project, and the West Virginia TANF Modernization effort. She also served as a coach to various human services programs across the country, including Ramsey County, Minnesota, the Community Action Partnership of Tulsa, and Stark County, Ohio. Courtney also provided senior subject matter counsel to the national Community Action Partnership.

Courtney holds a BA in political science and public service from Albion College and earned her master’s degree at the LBJ School at the University of Texas.

"Working to dismantle systems that perpetuate vulnerability and replace them with holistic, person-centered approaches to economic mobility is our core purpose."
  • Abner, K. & Barthle, C. (in draft, 2020). Virtual learning in the human services: Lessons learned from 20 years in TANF
  • Abner, K., Barthle, C., & Canu, M. (in draft, 2020). Universal Basic Income: Promise and Pitfalls.
  • Novick, E., Kim, J., Hays, L., & Barthle, C. (2018). Adolescent health: Think Act Grow® (TAG)—A strengths-based approach to adolescent health promotion. Journal of Youth Development.
  • Barthle, C. (2020). Remote Work Success for Human Services: Considerations for Leaders During COVID-19. Fairfax, VA: ICF.
  • Barthle, C. (2019). The exceptional potential of opportunity youth. In Focus/Community Action Partnership.
  • Heiman, P. & Barthle, C. (2016). The Impact of Food Insecurity on Child-Well-Being. Youth Today.