Nathalie is the founder of Communities in Transition (CIT) and currently works as CIT's Managing Partner and Senior Mediator. She has close to 20 years of experience in the field of conflict management, both domestically and internationally, and has mediated conflicts ranging from workplace, family, and community disputes around land, security, economic and population displacement issues.
Nathalie graduated from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a Master in Public Policy (2013) and holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Economics of Poverty and Psychology from Boston University (1995). She's taught mediation skills courses at Johns Hopkins University and currently teaches at George Washington University.
Prior to this, Nathalie created Caring for Kaela (CFK), an International NGO seeking to build the foundation for peaceful and productive communities in Chad. Through her track-II diplomatic efforts she worked to bring conflict parties to the negotiation table and resolve Chad’s internal conflict (2005-2009). A seasoned mobilizer, she built a global advocacy network for sustainable peace in Chad drawing on a variety of high-level stakeholders to pressure the Government of Chad to open the lines of communication with armed opposition groups. As a regional expert, she provided in-depth political analysis and policy recommendations on security sector reforms, elections, and good governance. She negotiated Chad policy changes with UN, USG, and EU representatives. She provided a conduit for Chadian civic leaders to meet with several Heads of States and participate in the peace processes led by the late-Presidents of Gabon and Libya.
Between 1995 and 2004, Nathalie worked in various supervisory capacities in the field of psycho-social rehabilitation teaching violent offenders conflict resolution skills.
Nathalie is fluent in English and French.