Natalie joined Council staff in June 2014.
Born and educated in Paris, with Breton and Russian roots, Natalie volunteered to help clean up after the multiple oil spills that plagued Brittany starting in the 1970’s. When the Exxon Valdez spill occurred, Natalie was teaching in New York and already planning to move to Alaska.
Natalie has an M.A. degree in Northern Studies and is very familiar with indigenous cultures all around the North. When she moved to Anchorage, working in a variety of jobs, she met with then-Executive Director John Devens and contributed to reinforce the link between Alaska and Brittany. She also did some work for Ecoshelf in Sakhalin, Russia, to help establish clean-up and prevention teams. She subsequently worked for the Northern Forum as Program Manager, in charge on a wide variety of issues in the North and the Arctic, including oil spills, flooding, environmental and wildlife issue.
Her hobbies include photography, music, and some crafts. She speaks French and Russian fluently, as well as a little Breton. She loves felines, prefers the Mac platform, and is a member of the Celtic Community of Alaska.