Natalia Chavez
Urbanability, Co-Founder

Natalia Chavez is a co-founder of Urbanability, a non-profit organization that strives to build livable and equitable urban communities by focusing on research, project implementation, advocacy, and policy formation. With a background in data analysis, public policy, and community building, Natalia is committed to addressing social policy problems and increasing access to economic opportunities.

In addition to being a co-founding member of Urbanabiltiy, Natalia works as a Program Assistant at the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation where she works on democracy programing and the legislative negotiations project. Previously, Natalia served as a Research and Policy Analyst at Covered California, the health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, where she conducted data management and quantitative analysis on consumer enrollment data. Natalia has also worked on state election campaigns and as a Press Aide for the Democratic Caucus of the California State Assembly. Natalia has invested her community’s housing market and her encounters with marginalized tenant families combined with her experiences in politics, healthcare, civic engagement, and urban planning have driven her to address urban inequities, with a focus on housing, community, and economic development.

Natalia holds a B.S. from Santa Clara University and is pursuing a Masters in City Planning at Boston University. At Boston University, she serves as the Public Affairs Officer for the Urban Planning Association. She is a Net Impact Racial Equity Fellow and a StartingBloc Fellow.