Welcome to our Board, Natalie! What inspires you most about the Room One mission?
I am continuously inspired by the work Room One does to support people and families of all walks of life in the Methow Valley and beyond. It is a true example of the community coming together and finding ways to support each other in a valley and county where the lack of social services can otherwise be overwhelming.
What brought you to the Room One community?
I'm a lawyer in Winthrop with a practice that focuses on water rights and land use law, business transactions, and estate planning services. I volunteered as an attorney for Room one before being elected to the board, so I have a professional connection as well as a personal connection to the organization. I am especially interested in continuing to grow Room One's legal services program and our outreach on issues surrounding youth detention in Okanogan County.
You were born abroad; how did you find your way to the Methow Valley?
I grew up in Germany, went to college at Wellesley and law school Harvard, and then worked in Manhattan for over a decade, first for a wall street law firm and then for the U.S. Attorney's Office. I always knew I wanted to leave the east coast, though, and see what the west has to offer. I ended up in Winthrop by sheer luck of the draw: I received a job offer for a six-month position here, and like for so many others the rest is history... I wake up every day thanking my lucky stars to have landed in the Methow.