As President and CEO of CommonHealth ACTION (CHA), Natalie provides visionary leadership for CHA’s business development and model, capacity building, and programs. A relationship specialist, she is known for building and sustaining successful, long-term interactions with leaders and innovators across sectors.
As an advisor to corporate leaders, communities aspiring to change, and everyone in between—Natalie guides people and organizations to solutions, plans, and common language necessary to succeed and make the world a better place, a healthy place. As a strategist, she focuses on the connective tissue that forms organizations (people and entities in relationship) and how to strengthen it and as a facilitator she cultivates spaces to exchange ideas that create change.
Since the mid-90s, she has held leadership positions focused on creating opportunities for health through community, organizational, institutional, and systemic change. Her public health and health care experience includes technical assistance (problem-solving) and capacity building for national entities including Kaiser Permanente; Cummins, Inc.; and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation—as well as federal, state, and local governments. Prior to co-founding CommonHealth ACTION in 2004, Natalie was in executive leadership at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, DC. While at NACCHO, she served as co-supervising producer for the documentary, The Edge of America: Struggling for Health and Justice that focused on people living in three rural communities and the challenges they to their health, wellbeing, and quality of life.
A graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Government and Politics, Natalie conducted federal health policy analysis at the National Health Policy Forum and was on staff at the National Institutes of Health. She has been selected for numerous national fellowships including the Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellowship (Jointly hosted by the University of North Carolina’s Schools of Business and Public Health) and New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service Lead the Way Fellowship for visionary and entrepreneurial leaders in the nonprofit sector. In 2012, Natalie was selected to the Council of Innovation Advisors for ConvergeUS, a national initiative focused on technology-based social innovation between the technology sector and the nation’s nonprofits.
Committed to the health and well-being of all people, Natalie views health as the product of complex interactions amongst systems and factors such as education, employment, environmental conditions, access to technology, housing, transportation, and health care. Throughout her career, she has sought to understand the root causes of ill health including the delicate balance amongst genetics, personal health behaviors, and the systems and institutions that provide the contexts within which we live our lives and make their decisions. That understanding guides her work with local and national leaders whose decisions play critical roles in the production of the public’s health.