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Natalie Samarjian

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Natalie Samarjian
Executive Director
Coro Southern California.

Natalie is the Executive Director of Coro Southern California. Coro’s mission is to
strengthen the democratic process by preparing emerging leaders for effective
and ethical leadership in public affairs. Under Natalie’s leadership, Coro has
developed a new strategic plan, expanded programs, partnerships, and revenue,
and cultivated a growing community of Coro alumni who are transforming
communities across the country.

Natalie comes to Coro Southern California from the California Women’s Law
Center (CWLC), where she worked to address the comprehensive and unique legal
needs of women and girls through impact litigation, public policy advocacy and
legal education. Prior to CWLC, Natalie was Staff Attorney and Dickran Tevrizian
Fellow at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), where she
provided individual representation to victims of domestic violence, supported
impact litigation, including a successful appeal in Montagner v. Montagner,
engaged in public policy advocacy, and conducted extensive community outreach
and legal education. Before joining NLSLA, Natalie was a Labor and Employment
litigator at Rutan & Tucker, LLP. While at Rutan, Natalie was actively engaged in
pro bono efforts, successfully representing an asylum seeker before the
Department of Homeland Security. Prior to embarking on her legal
career, Natalie was a Human Capital Consultant in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Public
Sector practice where she led the firm’s National Public Sector Human Capital
Community of Practice Initiative.

Natalie earned her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, her Master of
Science at the Heinz School of Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon
University, and her Bachelor of Arts UCLA. Natalie is an alumnus of the Coro
Fellows Program in Public Affairs and Emerge California, and was a 2017 recipient
of the Empowerment Congress’ Emerging Civic Leaders 40 Under 40 award. She
currently serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner on the El Pueblo de Los
Ángeles Historical Monument Commission, and a Los Angeles County
Commissioner on the Economy & Efficiency Commission.