Courtni Pugh is a Partner at Hilltop Public Solutions where she leads electoral, policy and issue-based campaigns and projects in California for the firm. Courtni has been a fixture in California and national politics for over a decade. In 2019 Pugh served as the California State Director for Kamala Harris for President.
October 19, 2017 NAKASEC Gala
- Standing Up for Justice Award - Rep. Maxine Waters
- Community in Action Awards - Luisa Blue, External Vice President Service Employees International Union, Jeanette Vazquez, Fullerton School Board Member
- Dreamer in Action Awards - Sameerah Haque, Hyun Joong Kim, Eric Yang
In March 2007, In March, John Edwards asked his friend Dale Minami, attorney and president of the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, to host a meeting of California AAPI leaders to meet with him. Minami, an AAPI institution himself, has been a supporter of Edwards since 2004. State Board of Equalization President Betty Yee and state Senator Leland Yee (no relation) are also major supporters of Edwards. Leland Yee serves on the Edwards campaign’s “Leaders for One America.” Sacramento’s Bill Wong, executive director of the AAPI Small Business PAC; Dan Kuramoto, leader of the jazz group Hiroshima; Chris Pak, president of the Archeon Group; Raahi Reddy, president of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance; and Steve Ngo of the S.F. Bay Area Asian Bar Association — are all a part of the Edwards’ AAPI steering committee in California.
Two high-power AAPI women in politics currently serve as senior advisors in his campaign: Courtni Pugh, former Democratic National Committee AAPI director, and Jadine Nielsen, a former Clinton White House liaison, who now resides in Hawai‘i..