Natalya joined the NEFA staff in 2021 as the Creative Economy Program Administrator. Prior to NEFA, Natalya served as the programs and database manager at community-based nonprofit English At Large, where she supported ESL programs for adult English language learners across Middlesex County, MA. Before moving to the nonprofit sector, Natalya worked in a client-facing role at a Boston retail tech startup working with major consumer brand clients. Natalya’s background in nonprofit and education also includes her service as a Teaching Fellow with national nonprofit Breakthrough Collaborative, and later volunteer work delivering 100+ hours of English language tutoring in the greater Boston area. Pursuing her intersecting interests in language and teaching, she earned her CELTA credential in teaching adult ESL in 2019. Natalya has a lifelong love for the arts and humanities and is passionate about the central role of the arts in creating thriving communities. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, where she completed a minor in music and performed as a flutist with the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra for five years. Natalya grew up in New Hampshire, where she still loves to go hiking at any opportunity, and now lives in Melrose, MA.