Director of School-Based Programming

“What we say and what we do ultimately comes back to us so let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands, and carry it with dignity and strength.” – Gloria E. Anzaldúa

As the Director of School-Based Programming,  Natalia works with teachers to build culturally responsive curriculum introducing Baltimore City students to law and policy and will expand and strengthen the programs CLIA has in place, including  the Youth Advocacy Project, peer mediation, career and college readiness and the corporate mentoring program.

Natalia has more than a decade of experience  teaching language arts, journalism and academic literacy in public schools on the west coast. Her purpose in becoming a teacher was to assist students in finding and exercising their voice so that they could become powerful changemakers in their community. She was fortunate to be able to do a lot of service learning projects with her students through school and  leadership development through her involvement with Global Glimpse.  She recently moved from  Seattle, WA, and is joining CLIA as a Baltimore Corps Fellow this year.

She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley.  Her teaching credential, administrative credential and M.S. degrees are from California State University East Bay.

Natalia doesn’t like to waste time at airports, so she has become accustomed to running to the plane with no time to spare. This helped her to become an expert at embracing change. A few months ago she missed a flight, but then saw Bob Dylan who was also waiting for his flight. Win!