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Natalie Foster  

Fellow, The Institute for the Future

Natalie has spent the last 15 years at the crossroads of social movements and technology. She’s transformed and run some of the largest digital teams in the country, including President Obama’s successful effort of pass health reform, and built two organizations from scratch.

Most recently, Natalie co-founded and launched Peers as the organization’s first executive director. Peers is the world’s largest independent sharing economy community. Prior to Peers, she was the CEO and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for people–driven economic change, with Van Jones.

Previously, Natalie served as digital director for President Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA) and the Democratic National Committee. She built and directed the team responsible for the president's message and fundraising through social, mobile, and email communication with the President's millions of supporters.

Natalie built the first digital department at the Sierra Club and served as the deputy organizing director for MoveOn.org.

Named one of the Top Fifty Women to Watch in Tech, she is often speaking and training at convergences like SXSW, Social Media Week, SOCAP, Ouishare Fest, the New Organizing Institute, Personal Democracy Forum, and Netroots Nation. Recently, Natalie keynoted at Smart Cloud Show as a guest of the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Natalie lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband, Matt Ewing, and 2-year old son, Huxley. The daughter of a preacher from Kansas, Natalie is a graduate of Pepperdine University, Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, and is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow.

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