Natalie Mitchell-Bay is a Program Officer in Education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Her portfolio is comprised of grantmaking that centers educational justice and equity, district/systems transformation, and student voice and agency. Natalie’s investments sit largely in the K-12 Teaching and Learning strategy at Hewlett.
Prior to arriving at the foundation, Natalie served as the Director of Title I Programs and School Improvement for Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, VA. In this role, she led a team in the implementation of cross-cutting instructional and improvement initiatives that included a complete redesign of the system’s school and department improvement, monitoring, and accountability processes and tools, and the implementation of a comprehensive, district-wide diagnostic assessment system. Prior to this, Natalie worked in federal grants reform at Washington, D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In this role, she was statewide policy lead for a number of Title I, Part A; Title I, Part B; and School Improvement Grants program areas. She also oversaw applications for funding, programmatic monitoring and accountability, provided technical assistance for a cohort of LEAs, and was the final administrator of the District’s Reading First (Title I, Part B) program.
Natalie holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Howard University and a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is originally from the U.K. but considers Washington, D.C. her home in the U.S. She finds abundant joy in music and dance, cultivating gardens, laughing with those she loves, and wearing bright colors.