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Natalie Walrond

Natalie A. Walrond is Director of Cross-Sector Initiatives at WestEd. She is responsible for developing WestEd projects that invite partnerships across social sectors (e.g., health, justice, child welfare) to strengthen children, families, and communities.

In addition, Walrond serves on the leadership team of the national Center to Improve Social & Emotional Learning and School Safety, and on the cross-program trauma-informed practices and resilience team, both housed at WestEd.

Walrond brings to her work nearly 25 years of experience in K-12 education, finance, and strategy for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She has served in a variety of roles: investor, management team member, board leader, and outside consultant.

Walrond received a bachelor’s degree in international studies and international business from Trinity University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, with concentrations in analytic finance and policy studies. She earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1999. She serves on the boards of Beyond 12 and Center for Youth Wellness.