Biography

We bring 20 years of experience in education, finance, and strategy for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

 

Natalie is the founder and principal of Natalie Walrond Consulting LLC.  Her advisory, communication, project management, and group facilitation skills were developed in a variety of roles:  investor, management, board leadership, and outside consultant.

Before becoming an education consultant, she was Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund where she managed and co-led the firm’s Academic Systems Initiative.  Prior to her time at NewSchools, Natalie served as Chief Financial Officer at Creative Commons Corporation, where she was responsible for every aspect of its financial management.  Natalie began her career in the investment industry.  She worked for four years on the investment team at Northwestern Mutual Life where she was responsible for all investments in publicly-traded emerging markets equities.  She also worked for five years in investment banking as an equity research analyst covering business and education services.

Natalie earned 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.

In addition to her consulting practice, Natalie has served on the boards of several education organizations, including Beyond 12 and Envision Education.