Working in creative and collaborative environments throughout much of 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 Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development; and spent 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 mentored 117+ student teams to realize genuine solutions to real world problems.
Natalie joined the Aspen Institute in 2009 and served as one of the key facilitators of the merge between 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, including the facilitation of 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 a master’s degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College. She is an avid skier and yogi, and loves to read, write, make art, and play in the high country with her husband and daughter.