Natalia Hentschel is a facilitator and an IAP2 trained public participation specialist with expertise in urban and environmental planning. She is dedicated to meaningful public engagement in pursuit of project outcomes that positively impact communities. Natalia focuses on formulatingoutreach programs for populations who typically are underrepresented in public dialogue. She is well-versed in outreach and engagement strategies used to ensure the participation of a true cross section of stakeholders for public works, transportation, community and environmental planning projects. Due to her Spanish language ability and cultural affinity, Natalia has been a key contributor to the success of engagement programs with bilingual and Spanish monolingual populations. Natalia is a senior project manager with Katz & Associates.
Prior to joining K&A, Natalia facilitated community engagement for a variety of community planning projects throughout Southern California. Natalia’s community outreach and stakeholder facilitation skills were instrumental in the development of Madison Park Neighborhood Association’s Healthy Neighborhoods G.R.E.E.N. (Getting Residents Engaged in Exercise and Nutrition) Project – a community-based obesity prevention, joint land-use project in Central Santa Ana, CA.
Dedicated to engaging youth in the community planning process, Natalia has volunteered as an in-classroom instructor for the Built Environment Educational Program [BEEP] San Diego and supported the organization as Director of Volunteer Relations. She has also served as the Young Planners Group Chair for the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association. Natalia holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies from the University of San Diego.