Natalie English serves as Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce where she manages the Chamber’s efforts to affect policy relating to business issues at all levels of government. She and her team of Chamber staff serve as the voice for business at the city, county, state, federal and school board levels of government. Natalie received her B.A. in Communications from North Carolina State University.
Natalie’s role includes managing campaigns to affect the outcome of community referenda. In 2007, Natalie served as the chief staff person managing the Vote Against Repeal campaign and the campaign to push for passage of four bond referenda to improve infrastructure in our community while still managing her regular duties. The Vote Against Repeal campaign successfully convinced 70% of Mecklenburg County voters to defeat the effort to repeal the dedicated funding source for Charlotte’s mass transit program and all four bond issues passed.
Natalie has the opportunity to affect many policies including those that impact the cost and ease of doing business, our quality of life and our workforce. She works with education institutions in the Charlotte region to ensure they are offering education and training opportunities that will prepare people to get to work upon graduation.
Natalie is an active volunteer. She has joined the Church Council of Assurance United Methodist Church. She serves on the board of MeckEd and has served on the boards of: Partners in Out of School Time (POST), Leadership Charlotte, the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Alexander Youth Network, United Way, Charlotte Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board, the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, and Junior Achievement.
In 2012, Natalie achieved her designation as a Certified Chamber Executive, one of fewer than 600 in the world. In 2010, the National Association of Women Business Owners – Charlotte Chapter awarded Natalie with their Community Service Award. In 2008, Natalie was awarded the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship and completed a 25-day trip to Europe to learn about and advance trans-Atlantic relations. She was named as a 2008 Women in Business Achievement Award Winner by the Charlotte Business Journal and in 2009 and 2013 the Mecklenburg Times named Natalie one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte.
Natalie has an eight-year old son named Rick and in her spare time enjoys spending time with him, playing golf, reading and writing.