Prior to joining the Institute, she was a partner and Director of Social Responsibility at the law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP (WBK) in Washington, D.C. At WBK, Natalie advised clients on technology, media, and telecommunications regulation and provided strategic guidance and advocacy before state and federal legislative, executive, and regulatory bodies. She helped her firm launch several new technology practice areas and served for many years in leadership roles on associate hiring and professional development. As Director of Social Responsibility, Natalie led WBK’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, including founding the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Natalie is a longtime leader in the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) – The Tech Bar and served as president in 2020-21. Under her presidency, the FCBA launched the Diversity Pipeline Program, which in its first three years has impacted more than 100 law students from historically underrepresented groups by placing them in paid tech/media/telecom law and policy internships and training them through a corresponding academic and skills curriculum to support their success.

Natalie taught as an adjunct at the George Washington University Law School for nearly a decade, where she helped GW Law attract the Federal Communications Law Journal and coached the GW Law telecommunications and technology moot court team.

A champion for gender equity in law and tech, Natalie is in her second term as an elected Board member of the Women’s Bar Association of D.C. and serves on the fundraising and strategic planning committees. She founded the WBK Women’s Initiative and created the FCBA Women’s Summit and FCBA Women’s Leadership Committee.

Natalie previously worked in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Media Bureau and at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. She holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Natalie lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and three children. She is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan.