Natalia joined the Foreign Service in 2009 as a public diplomacy officer. She holds a bachelor of arts in international affairs and a master of public administration from The George Washington University.
She is currently the public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby covering Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. She is serving as Port Moresby’s first full-time public diplomacy officer in over 20 years and has been able to reestablish and expand several outreach programs during her first year at post. Her first assignment was as a U.S.-Mexico border affairs officer in the Mexico desk. Subsequently, she worked as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Natalia interned with the public affairs section at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua and with the Western Hemisphere Affairs regional office of the Bureau of International Information Programs.
Natalia, a Floridian, has Colombian roots. Natalia is a member of the Pickering & Rangel Fellows Association (PRFA), the Hispanic Employee Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies (HECFAA), and the Executive Women at State affinity groups.