Cortney Stewart graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a BA in International Affairs and Political Science. Upon graduation she lived in northern India for three years working with college students on development issues. In 2010, she returned to the U.S. to work on her Master’s degree in San Francisco as a satellite program from Union University. She graduated in 2012 with an MA in Intercultural Studies. She briefly worked as an instructor for one term at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in Pyongyang, North Korea before moving to Baghdad, Iraq where she worked for three years with a relief and development agency. There she worked with the U.S. Embassy Microaccess Scholarship Program as a program coordinator and worked with members of Parliament and other government agencies on cultural, political and English-language trainings.