Meet Natalie

Natalie Williams is a native Marylander and proud daughter of Prince George’s County. With more than 20 years of experience working on policies, programs, and projects that affect the lives of everyday Americans, Natalie understands how to connect government to people’s real lives, and build coalitions often comprised of opposing factions supporting common goals. She is a noted leader in Democratic circles known for her forward thinking and fearless leadership. Natalie is poised and ready to serve as Maryland’s next Lieutenant Governor.

EARLY YEARS

Born on May 30, 1971 at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland, Natalie has fond memories of her father as a veteran of the United States Air Force, and her mother as one of the first Black accountants at Fannie Mae. From her parents, she learned the importance of serving others and balancing the checkbook.

Natalie grew up in the Marlboro Meadows community in Prince George’s County. She attended Patuxent Elementary School, James Madison Middle School, and Frederick Douglass High School, where she was a member of the Eagle’s Varsity Women’s Basketball team. While attending Virginia State University, Natalie served as President of the Mass Communications Club and became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Her professional career took flight during college after being recruited to work at the local NBC television station as an editor and producer. Over the years, her work in this area earned her two Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and she has been recognized in “Who’s Who in Black Washington D.C.” between 2009-2011.

 

DEMOCRATIC LEADER 

Natalie knows that politics can be an effective tool, when used right, to positively impact the lives of others. She served as a top aide to two members of the Council of the District of Columbia – which is equivalent to a State Legislature in Washington DC.

Natalie successfully won election as President of the Ward Eight Democratic Party. Under her leadership, she worked to improve inter-organizational collaboration amongst citywide Democratic associations. Most notably, she developed and led the organization’s agenda to ensure a Democratic victory in the 2014 DC Mayoral campaign through increased voter education and participation.

Natalie has also held elected office as Chairwoman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8A, representing thousands of constituents in the Historic Anacostia community.

As a small business owner, Natalie has represented some of our nation’s most well-respected elected officials, including the National Black Caucus of State Legislators for whom she helped to develop policy resolutions that shaped the organization’s national agenda and supported hundreds of state legislators in their respective states.

 

ADVOCATE FOR HEALTH CARE

In 2013, Natalie accepted appointment as Vice President of United Medical Center, where she played a major role in the extensive transformation of the hospital, providing improved healthcare services, programming and treatments for all patients.

Natalie’s passion for healthcare advocacy was birthed from her life-changing experience with breast cancer. In 2012, she was diagnosed with this serious disease and underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation in an effort to save her life. As a survivor, Natalie knows how to fight battles—and win! To protect others from the pains associated with breast cancer, she founded the Natalie Williams Breast Care Foundation, which educates women of color about the importance of breast cancer screenings. She led the “Test My Breasts” national campaign to raise awareness for early detection and funding to support minority women.

 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

Natalie Williams, age 50, is a proud single-mother of 20 year old Nyela Williams, a junior studying Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Natalie currently serves as the Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. She enjoys attending service at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Maryland. Natalie currently resides in Bowie, Maryland.