Natalie Foster

Executive Director

Natalie Foster is a strategic nonprofit executive passionate about workforce readiness. She has a proven success record in business development, fund development, training and strategic partnerships with corporate partners such as Capital One, EAB, Federal Reserve, LinkedIn, Genentech, and Dominion Energy, community colleges, program partners, foundations, donors and board members throughout Virginia.

Natalie joined MENTOR Virginia’s leadership team as the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships in December 2017 and became the Executive Director in 2021. As the Executive Director, Natalie has provided leadership, expertise, and management and coordination to MENTOR Virginia’s strategic programmatic and funding relationships.

Natalie has experience training both youth and adults on how to build a mentoring relationship and lay the foundation for effective communication. She has trained many people throughout Virginia and continues to build regional support throughout the state collaborating with city governments, public school systems, businesses, and higher education institutes to collectively make an impact on closing the mentoring gap.

Her background in education and human resources allow her to connect with program partners and corporate partners to deliver training based on best practices for becoming a new mentor, connect|focus|grow (a workforce readiness mentoring model targeted at youth ages 14–young adult), and mentoring youth impacted by opioids.

Natalie holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Richmond and a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

As a former teacher, Natalie is delighted to come full circle and support strong youth mentoring programs throughout the Commonwealth. Most recently she has mentored elementary and middle school students at St. Andrew’s School and AMP! Metro Richmond, built mentor relationships with development professionals serving as a board member with the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives, and served in a community advisory role with The Next Move Program, an organization that creates guided internship experiences for young adults with disabilities.