Doctora Natalie Mejia (she/her/hers) proudly identifies as Mexican-American. Raised in Northeast Los Angeles, she has committed over ten years of service to influence the landscape and trajectory of underserved students and families across the country. Her vision is anchored in the belief that all students can reach high excellence levels and produce a multi-generational change.

As a first-gen chingonx, Dra. Mejia attended UCLA and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Women’s Studies. While serving as a classroom teacher for Baltimore Public City Schools, Natalie pursued her Master of Science in Urban Education (Ms.Ed) from Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, Dra. Mejia served as an adjunct lecturer for the Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), a division of Goucher College, that provides men and women incarcerated in Maryland with the opportunity to pursue an excellent college education.

Fueled by her commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and coaching for leadership and identity development, Doctora Mejia pursued her principal licensure from the University of Denver (DU) and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) from USC Rossier School of Education. She is currently serving as a Dean of a middle school in Los Angeles, driven by her desire to design and facilitate learning experiences that help educators understand the intersectionality of race and class and its impact on learning environments.