Kortenay graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Comparative Literature. Kortenay is also an alumna of the Virginia Progressive Leadership Project and co-chaired and co-conceptualized the inaugural Intersectional Wonder Women Art Show at the Hof benefiting Safe Harbor RVA with Sylvia Mallory. Kortenay is Caribbean-American with a father who immigrated to the USA from Trinidad and Tobago as a young man and a mother born and raised in New Jersey. You might easily catch her reminiscing about her basketball or soccer-playing days in Middle Tennessee or hear her talking about the two summers she spent in Europe during her formative teenage years.
She has now lived in the Richmond area for a decade and in addition to Safe Harbor RVA, she has worked with the Alliance for a Progressive Virginia, Richmond Peace Education Center, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC Richmond chapter) among other groups. She was a community organizer for Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) working to push state legislators to expand healthcare access to more residents of the Commonwealth. Passionate about civic participation, voter education, voter access, and getting more women elected, Kortenay then worked on several political campaigns and most recently for the nonpartisan nonprofit, Shape Up the Vote, activating barbers and stylists to set up voter information hubs across Virginia. Kortenay also serves on the board of Our Kids Read, a nonprofit which donates children’s books with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural representations to school libraries.