Natalya (she/her/ella) works to support, guide, and expand opportunities for BIPOC and low-income youth. Motivated by the institutional barriers that she has experienced in her own life, Natalya is passionate about accessible education and consistent educational support.
Natalya brings professional experience in government, non-profits and higher education. Prior to her new role at Southwest, she coordinated the college access and mentorship program Youth in Action (YA!) at CLUES. To support her students in engaging more deeply, she redesigned the program's curriculum to better reflect our ever-changing socio-political contexts.
Natalya holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from Augsburg University and is a certified English language learners (ELL) teacher. She hopes one day to be a teacher in Ecuador.
In her free time, Natalya enjoys creating colorful beaded jewelry, decorating her home with unique second-hand finds, making tea (specifically matcha!), and spending quality time with her friends, family, and her cat Frida.