Founder, Curator, Storyteller and Matchmaker
Founder of the statewide directory Good Food Finder, Natalie is an Arizona native and formally trained culinarian who earned her Masters of Arts in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. In 2012, she was awarded the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellowship grant for the Borderlands Food and Water Security program at the Southwest Center within the University of Arizona and currently, she is a Professor for the Sustainable Food Systems program at Mesa Community College. Most recently, she managed public event outreach for the Phoenix Public Market while establishing and coordinating the inaugural year of the youth-focused urban agriculture project Truck Farm Phoenix.
Her background includes work in the local food community connecting Phoenix valley farmers and chefs during her tenure at Community Food Connections and Edible Phoenix magazine while serving as Partnerships Chair for Slow Food Phoenix. Formerly, she was a resident in New York where she worked for the advocacy film and production company Wicked Delicate Films, overseeing nationwide social engagement and press campaigns for the award-winning documentaries Truck Farm and The City Dark while working alongside production for the short film The Search for General Tso and development for FoodCorps. She also recently served on the Marketing Advisory team for Slow Money’s newest venture, SOIL Trust (now Gatheround), while working on the development of Arizona’s Slow Money chapter and serves on the Slow Food Ark of Taste Southwest/Mountain Regional Committee. Natalie credits her Dutch-Indonesian grandmother with her love and understanding of all things food and culture, who served her broccoli and peanut sauce as a child.