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Natalie Mebane

AFFILIATION: Rise to Thrive

TITLE: Vice President of Government Affairs

LOCATION: Washington D.C.


EXPERTISE AREA: Black/African-American Communities, Climate Change, Conservation, DEIJ, Energy Policy, Environmental Education, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Just Transition, Outdoors/Recreation, Pollution, Sustainability, Youth


Natalie is a sustainability and policy expert with extensive grassroots organizing, fundraising and campaign experience. She has been named as one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Natalie has served on the board of directors of the Power Shift Network and Young Voices for the Planet, and currently serves on the boards of the Partnership Project, the Student Conservation Association, and Care About Climate. She has a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland College Park. She is the adult director of the policy and finance departments, for the international youth climate organization Zero Hour. Natalie works with youth across the country to build a powerful and inclusive movement of activists leading the way to a just and sustainable future. Natalie has worked at some of the largest and most influential environmental organizations, such Sierra Club as the National Dirty Fuels Lobbyist, as Policy Director at, as the Senior Director of Climate Solutions at the Wilderness Society and as the Climate Campaign Director at Greenpeace USA. Today Natalie serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs for Rise to Thrive and works to build an environmental movement that truly fights for the people most harmed by fossil fuels and impacted by climate change.


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