Having earned her Bachelor's of Science from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Management from Mount Vernon Nazarene University's School of Business, Natalie Coles has dedicated her life to making her community a better place for children. Working for Fortune 500 Companies Limited Brands and SonyBMG, Coles soon found her passion in the non-profit sector. Coles has held positions at The United Way of Central Ohio and Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. She currently serves as the Area Development Director of UNCF Columbus.
Coles is a Certified Fundraising Executive, (CFRE) and a member of the Central Ohio Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is the President of the Bexley Women's Club, a founding member of the Bexley Minority Parent Alliance and a Circle Moderator with the Lean In movement. A believer in the power of volunteerism and service, she is past member of the Junior League of Columbus and Kiwanis Club of Columbus as well as a former board member of LEON, Columbus Area Incorporated and the Eldon Ward YMCA. She and her husband Derrick have three children, Angelina, Christopher and Alexander and are committed to the wellbeing and educational attainment of children in Ohio and beyond.
Having received a UNCF scholarship to complete her undergraduate studies, Natalie knows firsthand that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”