Natasha recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Planning, Public Policy, and Management and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She joins MCEDD’s staff as the Economic Resilience Project Coordinator to support an update of the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), enhance regional economic resilience, and help reduce barriers to future recovery. Natasha is deeply passionate about addressing the complex economic and environmental obstacles facing rural areas and hopes to help highlight the unique communities, skills, and experiences in the Mid-Columbia region. In her downtime, Natasha enjoys playing tabletop games, spending time with her partner and 3-Year-old Cat, and participating in outdoor activities including biking and camping. She is excited to experience the Columbia River Gorge and explore the natural beauty of rural Oregon.