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Serving Communities.

Finch Strategies, LLC provides expert training and technical assistance to individuals, teams, and organizations in the social, human, victim, and justice services fields for the purpose building their capacity to serve their communities. 


Finch Strategies, LLC is designed to be a resource for government, non-profits, and other teams in the justice, social, and human services sectors.  Established by a veteran of the government and non-profit sectors, Finch Strategies aims to help each team and organization design solutions that will enhance their mission and better serve their communities.



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Cortney Fisher, JD, PhD, Principal, is currently Professional Track Faculty at the University of Maryland – College Park and works in the fields of victimology, the intersection of trauma victims and systems, criminology, and organizational management for justice and victim services organizations.  Dr. Fisher has over twenty years of experience working for community-based, campus-based, and government organizations providing victim services to victims and survivors of all crime.  Dr. Fisher teaches or has taught undergraduate courses in Victimology, Criminal Law, Ethics in the Criminal Justice System, Violence Against Women, Criminology, and Crime Prevention.

Prior to Dr. Fisher’s full-time commitment to teaching, researching, and consulting, she served as the Deputy Director of the Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA), where she managed the victim support services, prevention initiatives, and educational programming to the community regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, elder abuse, and workplace harassment.  Before moving back into the private sector, Dr. Fisher was the Deputy Director for Victim Services in the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants in the District of Columbia, where she managed the policy and program development initiatives of the agency, including management of the DC Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, the District’s continuums of care for domestic violence and sexual assault victims, the District’s victim services response in a mass disaster, performance and evaluation initiatives related to victim services, and services for victims of homicide and attempted homicide.  Dr. Fisher’s resume includes tenures as the Executive Director of the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Senior Victim Advocate at the Office of the Victim Advocate at the University of Maryland, Attorney Advisor for the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation, and Director of Policy and Program Development at the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center.  Dr. Fisher received her PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in Fall 2014, with research interests in victims’ rights, victims in the criminal justice system, violence against women, victim services program development and program and policy evaluation and her Juris Doctorate from New England Law – Boston in 2002.   


In all professional and personal interactions, I value integrity, honesty, transparency, and authenticity. When I work with you on a project, my primary aim is to center the needs, wants, and experiences of the intended service population, allowing them to bring their whole authentic selves to interactions with systems and providers. All of my trainings and recommendations are infused by trauma-informed and evidence-based practices. When working with you and your team, I work to create an experience of belonging for all people, allowing everyone to feel valued and heard in our interactions. I believe that leadership happens at all levels in a team and organization and my objective is to hear from leaders in every space within your team and organization before making my recommendations. My overarching goal is to use my voice, my skills, and my understanding of the various systems of service and government to dismantle systems of oppression and systems that re-traumatize survivors of violence and abuse. 


Organizational and Team Development
  • Clifton Strengths analysis

  • Standards for Excellence Preparation (I – IV)

  • Ethical leadership

Training and Technical Assistance
  • Victims in Restorative Justice Programs

  • Ethics in Victim Services

  • Community Violence programs, especially hospital-based and public health approaches

  • Response to victims in mass violence events

  • Response to victims of power-based violence, e.g. sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking

Assessment and Evaluation
  • Victim services programs

  • Justice services programs

Project Coordination and Direction
  • Multi-disciplinary team development and coordination, includes policy and protocol development and implementation

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