Natasha is relentless when it comes to figuring out how things work. From the day she removed the front-end loader from her dad’s tractor just for fun (sorry, dad) to the 48 hours she quarantined herself inside her apartment to learn QuickBooks, Natasha needs to know what makes things tick.

It was this interest in the inner workings of things—and her commitment to driving change in our unsteady world—that inspired Natasha to pursue organizational management. She quickly built a reputation as a catalyst for change who brings structure to progressive organizations without crushing their spirit or tamping down their goals.

Natasha specializes in a unique type of administrative management that’s bold and transformative. She steps in, assesses the situation, diplomatically provides clarity and direction, and ultimately saves organizations from themselves. An analytical geek by nature and math nerd at heart, she puts systems and processes in place—reimagining HR, IT, and finance—making everything work better as she goes along.

In her current role as Chief of Staff at the Marijuana Policy Project, Natasha streamlined operations and revitalized the culture following a period of significant change to accelerate transformation without forcing the air out of the room. She structured every aspect of administration—all systems, processes, and moving parts—increasing organizational effectiveness and dramatically cutting costs. She has delivered similar results throughout her career, providing other organizations with transparent financial management, unrivalled efficiencies, and radically inclusive HR.

Natasha holds an MBA from Eastern New Mexico University, a certificate in Financial Management from Cornell University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She’s a member of the National Association of Women MBAs, the American Finance Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. She’s also treasurer of the Heartland Initiative…and she keeps her skills sharp in other ways, too. For instance, she knows how to put a front-end loader back on a tractor.

Natasha Olinger

Chief of Staff