Natalie founded the policy department at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS,) where she currently serves as the Director of Policy & Advocacy. She received her bachelor's in history from Yale University, and her master's of social work from the Columbia University. Before arriving at MAPS in 2014, Natalie served as a Policy Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, where she helped legalize medical cannabis in her home state of New York, and worked to end New York’s racist marijuana arrests. Natalie has also worked as a therapist at an alternative-sentencing court with individuals arrested for prostitution and drug-related offenses, and as a guidance counselor at Bronx middle school. She is particularly inspired by psychedelics’ potential for healing systemic, intergenerational trauma, for building empathy and community, and for inspiring creative and innovative solutions.
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