Natalie joined the Markham Group as a Partner in November 2014. With nearly 20 years experience in Washington, she leads the firm’s public affairs practice that includes federal and local government affairs, strategic communications and expertise in public policy.
Natalie comes to the Markham Group having held the position of Director of Public Affairs, the Americas for the Deutsche Lufthansa Aviation Group. In this role since 2004, she served all Group businesses as the official representative to the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. federal government, local and statement government and worked in collaboration with multiple business partnerships on issues ranging from aviation policy to key industry initiatives. Through development and launch of the first-ever comprehensive national public affairs strategy for the Lufthansa Group, (“Lufthansa Global Village Project”), Natalie led the initiative to advance and promote the corporate citizenship of Lufthansa and to educate opinion leaders, customers and key stakeholders of the Lufthansa Group presence and significant investment in America. She also served on the North America executive and crisis management teams.
Prior to Lufthansa, she served with both the Clinton and Bush Administrations in positions at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) where she served as Special Assistant to Secretary Rodney Slater. Consecutive to this appointment Natalie represented the White House abroad on multiple international trade missions and official state visits of President and Mrs. Clinton through the White House Office of Advance. Afterwards she joined then FAA Administrator Jane Garvey as advisor and liaison to the DOT. She subsequently served as an aviation industry consultant where she established a transportation policy practice at APCO Worldwide.
Natalie serves on the Board of Governors of the International Aviation Club of Washington and is an active member of several business advisory councils including the Congressional Study Group in Germany and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She has worked with the Community of Hope organization in Washington to support families with better health, housing and education opportunities. Natalie is a native of Arkansas and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and two young children.