Thought Leadership & Communications Associate
Natalie is native to Colorado but joined CAF America’s Thought Leadership and Communications team after living in Nicaragua for two years, where she worked as the Communications Coordinator for a public health NGO, AMOS Health & Hope. Natalie graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado in 2016 with majors in International Affairs and Political Science, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. During her time at CU she served as a Research Assistant at Beyond Intractability in Boulder, a Public Engagement Intern at USAID’s Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., and as an Intern at Himalayan HealthCare in Nepal.
Natalie entered the field of communications through her love of writing and photography. She is fluent in Spanish.
What inspires me to do what I do
My commitment to philanthropic work is inspired by the kindness and generosity I saw in my family growing up, combined with the amazing impact of NGOs I have seen in traveling to Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Palestine and Israel, and Nicaragua.
I am always working on reading something and on writing something. And while I picked up photography on a whim in high school, it has since become an integral way of how I view the world.
Book that moved me
I endeavored to finish the Brothers Karamzov the summer I was 16, having failed the previous summer, and its scenes and characters are ones that I continually find coming back to mind when I least expect it, given there are many more parts of the long volume I’ve since forgotten.
Slogans for life
There is a time and a season to every purpose.
Thing that really baffles me
American Football. It seems no matter how many times this activity has been explained to me, I cannot stay interested in the explanation for longer than the few minutes which would be required of me to understand anything about its functions.
Every time I visit my hometown, I have to get drunken noodles from the ridiculously good hole-in-the-wall-of-the-strip-mall Thai place at least once.
Random fact about me
Because I became a vegetarian at age 11 (not with the intention of making life difficult for my parents but perhaps with that result for a while there), I have been so for over half my life now.