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Natascha Saunders

Natascha F. Saunders is a scholar practitioner, certified career coach, and speaker in the field of Career Decision Making. She is an Associate Director at Harvard Kennedy School, Black Theology and Leadership Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary, Lecturer at Northeastern University, and Visiting Scholar at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice at Rutgers University.

Former Goodwill Ambassador to The Gambia, West Africa, Natascha's platform has carried career development to the forefront of conversations on social equity. Her dissertation entitled "Krumboltz, Career Decision Making, and METCO" was a qualitative study utilizing portraiture to understand how environmental conditions, instrumental and associative learning experiences and task-approach skills influence the career decisions of Black students.

During the Obama Administration, living on Capitol Hill in D.C., interning under U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan is where Natascha committed to a career in public service. Her expertise has been highlighted by InsideJobs, New York Times, Scholastic, ABC, WHUR, iHeart, and Northeastern University nominated her for Teaching Excellence.

A first-generation college graduate and proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Natascha completed her executive education at Harvard Kennedy School in Leading Change, MIT Sloan in Entrepreneurship, and holds an MBA, MS, BA, and Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and Communication.