Natalie Travers

Natalie Travers

Working in creative and collaborative environments throughout much her career, Natalie has been able to discover a true passion for applying ingenuity to overcome challenges and an affinity for helping others realize their potential.

Working in creative and collaborative environments throughout much her career, Natalie has been able to discover a true passion for applying ingenuity to overcome challenges and an affinity for helping others realize their potential. This can be seen through her work with Youth & Engagement Programs of the Aspen Institute. Natalie is launching a new project, ArcheType, designed to cultivate and spotlight young people exhibiting extraordinary agency across the country; overseeing the Youth Social, Emotion, and Academic Achievement Commission; and has spent the past four years building another program, the Aspen Challenge. Since the Challenge program’s inception in 2012, Natalie has partnered with school districts across the US to expose high school students to big ideas and mentor student teams tasked with designing original solutions to societal problems. She has mentored 117+ student teams to date through the development of curricula that enables them to realize genuine solutions to societal problems. In an effort to scale the Aspen Challenge and maximize program efficiency, Natalie spearheaded design for a new website for the program worked to build a scalable platform to enable more students to design solutions and ensure the collection of measurable program results.

Natalie joined the Aspen Institute in 2009 and served as one of the key facilitators of the merge with Aspen Words (formerly the Aspen Writers Foundation) and the Aspen Institute. Having spent three years with AWF prior to the merge, her responsibilities extended across a broad spectrum of management and program design, be it engaging writers to teach or talk, fundraising, annual organizational budgeting, spearheading original marketing design or facilitating story exchanges for students in Port-Au- Prince, Haiti or Nazareth, Israel. She was a recipient of the Aspen Institute’s 2009 Employee Achievement Award and 2011 Collaboration Award.

Natalie has an master’s degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a bachelor’s from Macalester College. She has lived in Aspen for 11 years, is an avid skier and yogi, and loves to read, write, make art, and play in the high country with her husband.