Natashia specializes in areas ranging from policy development, data analysis, project management and logistics, to consultant oversight, developing communication strategies, and coordinating outreach to elected officials.
Prior to joining Metro Strategies, Natashia worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation, serving as the Division of Public and Intermodal's primary staff on internal and external efforts to coordinate the transit and rail programs. She also worked with national organizations to develop policies and programs that support public transit, freight, passenger and high-speed rail initiatives, developed policies for the state’s administration of federally funded programs as well as applied for and managed federal transportation grants. During her tenure at IDOT, Natashia proposed, organized, planned and managed logistics for the Chicago Field Hearing of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission and served as Co-Chair for Rail~Volution Chicago 2006, organizing logistics and coordinating volunteers for more than 20 mobile workshops spanning the tri-state metropolitan Chicago area. In her capacity as Senior Transportation Associate for the Metropolitan Planning Council, she worked with national, state and local officials as well as business and civic interests on establishing fair and accountable transportation and smart growth policies; and managed from concept to implementation Chicagoland TRIPS, the first-ever web-based transit itinerary planning system for the Chicago metropolitan region. Natashia began her professional career with the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference as a Transportation Planning Liaison.
Additionally, Natashia has supplemented her professional experience with a host of other community, personal and professional development activities, including serving as President of the Metropolitan Conference on Public Transportation Research for two years, in which she secured a two-year contract with the host facility, and established a sponsorship program to help defray conference costs and as a Community Representative on the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Paideia Academy Local School Council. Currently, she serves as a member on the External Advisory Board for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Environmental Science and Policy and as President of a self-managed Condo Association.
Natashia holds a B.S. from Alabama State University, College of Education, a Master of Community Planning from Auburn University, College of Architecture, Design and Construction, and a J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law.