On February 21, 2015, the American Leadership and Policy Foundation (ALPF) had the distinct honor of welcoming Natascha F. Saunders to its world-class research and leadership team.
Ms. Saunders will be serving as ALPF’s Interim Director of Fellowships and as a Senior Research Fellow. As Fellowship Director, Natascha will collaborate with other ALPF scholars to develop leaders and public servants whose commitment to America’s citizens transcend special interests and parties. In addition, she will undertake ground breaking research that informs America’s citizens and government leaders about critical policy issues.
Natascha has over 10+ years’ experience in higher education (MBA Admissions, Career Development, Academic Affairs), financial services, human resources and leadership development; and formerly served as Goodwill Ambassador to Gambia, West Africa.
Natascha is also Founder & CEO of The Youth Career Coach Inc. with a mission to prepare the next generation of young professionals for careers through professional and career development training.
Natascha has served in various professional capacities at: MIT Sloan, Boston University, Macy’s, BNY Mellon, KPMG, EMD Serono, Clarendon Real Estate, Year Up, Goodwill Industries, George Washington University and U.S. Department of Education. In addition, she’s worked in financial services for A.G. Edwards (now Wells Fargo) and State Street Research (now BlackRock).
Natascha currently serves as: Adjunct Faculty at Trinity Washington University, MBA Admissions at The MBA Exchange, Scholar Interviewer at The Journal of Negro Education, Special Writer at AFRO Newspaper, and Leadership Faculty at Northeastern University.
Natascha has been featured in various media outlets including: ABC, BNN, COX, Scholastic Choices, Gen Y Radio, CKNW Canada, METRO, Working Mother Magazine, Herald News, Ethnic Online, U.S. Department of Education Youth Voices Newsletter and has interviewed Roslyn Brock NAACP Chairwoman, and then Secretary John Kerry when he served as Senator of Massachusetts.
Certified in Career Coaching by PARW/CC, Natascha earned a bachelor’s degree from UMASS Amherst, is an Executive Education Alumna of both Harvard Kennedy School in Leading Change, and MIT Sloan in Entrepreneurship, trained in Mediation from Harvard Law, trained in Scaling Up from Stanford Business School, an MBA graduate of Johnson & Wales, a Master’s in Leadership degree holder and currently a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) in Leadership from Northeastern University. Lastly, Natascha earned a Senate Citation in Leadership from the RI Institute for Labor Studies and Research and is a graduate of the Commonwealth Seminar (MassCS) Legislative Program.
She is a career writer and chapter author for many publications including: The Parents Guide to Starting the Career Conversation with InsideJobs.com, Why Internships Are Good: The Best Education Money Can’t Buy, and a Chapter 5 Author of Obama & Black Loyalty, Vol. 1.
Leadership Training & Development, Curriculum Development, Career Coaching, Mentoring, Human Capital Consulting, Motivational Speaking