Natalia is an ardent believer in the power of strategic communication to bring forth radical change. She approaches all her work with deep empathy, natural curiosity, a passion for people and an unrelenting desire to leave the world a little better than she found it.
At Spitfire, Natalia has the pleasure of working on a range of issues, including health equity, public interest technology and immigration. She has supported efforts to pass federal legislation that would ensure all immigrants have access to government-funded lawyers in deportation proceedings; developed branding and messaging for the launch of an artificial intelligence research institute; translated messaging and content into Spanish; and has supported large and small foundations with communications planning, messaging, digital strategy and content development.
Prior to Spitfire, Natalia was the director of brand strategy and communication at the nonprofit organization National Crittenton. Her work there focused on issues impacting cis and trans young women and gender-expansive young people impacted by trauma and violence. That experience firmly rooted her in asset-based, intersectional and trauma-informed approaches that center the lived experience of those most impacted by oppression and injustice. Her time there included overseeing a rebrand and website overhaul, supporting the development of a graphic novel to teach high school youth about adverse childhood experiences, creating campaigns to inform the public about the intersection of gender-based violence, child welfare involvement and criminalization and supporting organizations and leaders to build awareness about systems-involved youth.
Natalia is fluently bilingual and her experience includes radio and video production and light design. She earned her master’s degree in strategic communication at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication and her Bachelor of Arts degree at Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband and her dogs Sammie and Jasper.