Courtney Lamendola is a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she obtained an M.A. in International Relations (IR) and Economics. In the fall of 2018, Courtney joined the RepresentWomen team as a research intern, where she helped to draft and edit the 2018 International Report on women's representation. She has since contributed to the development of a number of RepresentWomen's current projects - including the 2019 Gender Parity Index, which annually tracks and rates the representation of women in the United States. As research director, Courtney is committed to devising new ways to distill the wealth of knowledge accumulated by the RepresentWomen team and their partners, both nationally and internationally. When she is not looking for the thermostat in her office, Courtney can be found at the coffee shop with a cat in her lap and a mocha in her hand.