Natalie Kostich is pursuing her Master in Public Administration at The Harvard Kennedy School with a focus on leadership and negotiation. She is a first-generation American of Serbian background and is a local, having grown up in Belmont, Massachusetts. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA cum laude with a dual-major in Sociology and Spanish and a Minor in Russian. She speaks five languages, including her native English and Serbian, as well as Spanish, Russian and French. Natalie comes from a business background, having worked for Education First (“EF”), a Swedish company headquartered in Cambridge, MA for 13 years. EF is dedicated to “breaking down barriers of language, culture and geography” through educational travel and foreign language learning – a mission she has been loyal to all of her life. Her roles included managing sales and operations departments both domestically and overseas. Natalie is still focused on breaking down barriers and bringing people together, and she is eager to make an impact. Whether that will lead her to mediation and conflict resolution or elsewhere will soon be determined. She is passionate about travel, having visited over 65 countries and spent 12 years overseas in all: her junior year of college in Spain, nine years in Switzerland and the Russian Federation while working for EF, and the rest studying foreign languages, volunteering and backpacking throughout the world. An avid ballroom dancer, Natalie enjoys trying out new moves in local latin clubs and hopes to get back into competition in the coming months.