Team Member

Natalie Wheatfall

Natalie Wheatfall

Senior Policy Analyst

Natalie comes to Education Trust-West with a legal background.  As a practicing attorney, Natalie has experience in various areas of civil rights law, including LGBT equal rights, fair housing, and immigration.  In law school she worked as a student attorney her school’s civil rights clinic, representing clients with claims of employment, housing, and education discrimination.  Prior to her current position, Natalie served as an intern and an Education Pioneers Graduate Fellow with Ed Trust—West.  Natalie’s experience in social justice began as an undergraduate in her work as a tutor and mentor to students in underserved San Diego neighborhoods.  Natalie earned her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego, and her J.D. from Howard University, School of Law.

 

“I started school in California in a diverse working class neighborhood; after changing districts in 8th grade, I graduated from a predominately white, upper-middle class high school. In changing schools, the increase in resources and lowered expectations of students of color I witnessed first-hand opened my eyes to the injustices in California’s public school system. I have been passionate about ending these inequities ever since.”