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Natalie Bookey-Baker

Director of Chicago Engagement Strategy | Obama Foundation

"I envision a Chicago where all residents, no matter what neighborhood they live in, are able to thrive and have the tools they need to be active members of their communities."


Undergraduate Degree: George Washington University, '06

Fun fact: Natalie was on a synchronized swimming team in High School!

Natalie is the Director of Chicago Engagement Strategy at the Obama Foundation whose mission is to inspire and empower people to change their world. Working directly for campaign finance chair, Penny Pritzker, Natalie began her career in the political arena as a fundraiser for the first Obama presidential campaign in 2007-2008. She then served in the White House for nearly five years in roles in the Office of the First Lady and as Education Director for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. 

After moving back to Chicago to attend and graduate from Kellogg School of Management, Natalie went to work as Managing Director of Spark Program, a Career Exploration and Self-Discovery Program that gives middle school students opportunities to understand, experience and pursue what’s possible for their future. 

Natalie is a native of Des Moines, IA, holds a BA from George Washington University, an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and is a member of the WE Illinois Champions Committee. 

Natalie lives in Lincoln Park with her husband, 2 year old daughter, and their rescue dog, George.