IRG Names Courtney Mullen to Director of External Affairs Role

Mar 7, 2024 | Press Release, Uncategorized


Thursday, March 7, 2024

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IRG Names Courtney Mullen to Director of External Affairs Role

Delafield, WI – The Institute for Reforming Government (IRG) continues to expand internal capabilities as the organization has named Courtney Mullen to the role of Director of External Affairs. In her new role, Courtney will oversee IRG’s day-to-day external communications and marketing strategies and help build bridges throughout the state by promoting IRG as a trusted resource for solving problems. 

IRG is proud to be one of the most recognized Wisconsin policy shops, with three features in the Wall Street Journal, regular appearances on talk radio that reaches conservatives, moderates, and liberals, and commentary in Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Wisconsin State Journal. In 2023, IRG and IRG Action staff:

  • Appeared on radio 44 times
  • Were featured over 40 times in print, digital, and tv outlets  
  • Published eight op-eds on Wisconsin policy issues  
  • Won a national award from State Policy Network for our communications efforts at IRG’s Center for Investigative Oversight 

“On behalf of the entire team at IRG, I am thrilled to have Courtney transition to lead our external affairs efforts.  Courtney’s past experience in the White House and multiple statewide campaigns makes her the perfect person to handle this job.  She has my full support.”  CJ Szafir, CEO 

Mullen originally re-joined the IRG team in January 2023 as the Director of Outreach and Rural Coalitions:

“I’ve greatly appreciated my time at IRG, building bridges into the Fox Valley and rural Wisconsin, and seeing firsthand how IRG has grown to become the go-to source for state government and policy issues.  I can’t wait to take it to the next level through a thoughtful and robust outreach and communications strategy.” Courtney Mullen, Director of External Affairs 

About Courtney Mullen

Courtney re-joined the IRG team as the Director of Outreach and Rural Coalitions in 2023 after traveling Wisconsin statewide in 2022 as Communications Director with gubernatorial candidate Kevin Nicholson and as Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for Attorney General candidate Eric Toney.

Prior to moving back to Wisconsin, she served for four years as a political appointee for President Trump at the White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel and at the Department of Energy in the Office of the Deputy Secretary.

During the 2016 election cycle, she worked at the political data firm, the Data Trust, after working on Governor Walker’s presidential campaign. Courtney earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently resides in Neenah.


The Institute for Reforming Government is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that seeks to simplify government at every level by offering policy solutions to thought leaders in American government in the areas of tax reform, government inefficiency, and burdensome regulations.

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