Natalie F. Applegate

Deputy Director, Programs

Natalie is passionate about equitable education and helping young people and communities unlock their potential to succeed through education, leadership and career opportunities. She joined Educate Texas in July 2016, where she has been supporting the design, implementation and evaluation of higher education programs to increase postsecondary access and success for students throughout Texas.

Previously, Natalie led a team of AmeriCorps Members at an elementary school as a Program Manager at City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. Natalie has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua where she trained English teachers in English as a Second Language and led various education and youth development projects. She started her career working in PR and communications in Pittsburgh, PA and Cleveland, OH, after graduating from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, specialized in Public Relations and Spanish.