|BLUU’s Developmental Board Chair shares who she is and why she’s excited to be in BLUU leadership at this moment.
Question: What makes you excited to lead BLUU during this time of transition?
Natasha: I am not a great activist and I’m not always the most inspirational voice, but when I saw the opportunity to lend my skills and expertise where it would be quite helpful, I jumped at the chance to magnify the impact of an organization I care deeply about.
Transitions can be anxiety producing but also signal rebirth, renewal, and growth. I’m so excited to be here for the next chapter of this organization. The historic meaning of its founding and the contributions of so many to get us to this point are not lost on me. I stand on many shoulders to see the potential and nudge us toward the goal.
Question: BLUU’s OCB recently had its first in-person retreat since 2019. What were some highlights for you?
Natasha: Despite working together for several months, it was my second in-person meeting with most of the Board! We were able to focus and connect as we verbalized what we envision BLUU to be, considered the limitations of what we can reasonably deliver in the short term, and grieved what is no longer with us, especially considering COVID.
There are so many opinions on how to make BLUU better, and it’s my job to sift through all of the feedback and actualize where we are going and how to get there. Helping the Board discern how we adjust our approach to bring new perspectives, new energy, and more capacity was at the heart of our discussions.
Question: What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?
Natasha: I was raised on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, which shaped a lot of my thinking on marginalization, inequity, and differences. There are so many examples of people living peacefully amidst difference, and many times celebrating those uniquenesses.