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NataliaCardona Sanchez


Program Manager

“I envision a future in which no one stands on the sidelines while others are oppressed.”

Natalia Cardona Sanchez is Program Manager at Grassroots International, with responsibilities spanning grantmaking, special projects, social action, and alliance building. Her role involves keeping pace with current concepts and best practices in the areas of international social movements, human rights, and social change philanthropy and applying that knowledge to strengthen the work of Grassroots International. Natalia is a strategist working at the intersection of racial justice to empower Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities in advancing just and equitable solutions to systemic problems. Her experience in cross-movement solidarity work spans issues of environmental, racial, and economic justice, Indigenous rights, women’s rights, partnership development and peacebuilding.

Natalia is a graduate of the New School, New York, where she obtained a Msc in International Affairs with a specialization in Poverty & Inequality. She is originally from Guatemala and was forced to emigrate to Canada with her family at the age of 11 due to a civil war in her home country, an experience that has marked her activism and solidarity work.

Natalia has held several prior posts with international and national organizations, including, American Friends Service Committee, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, Social Watch, and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. She brings decades of experience helping organizations center the needs and solutions of frontline communities.

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