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Natasha Reid Rice- Leading The Charge for Diversity and Inclusion Serving Thru Global Humanity

Natosha Reid Rice is Habitat for Humanity International’s first Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and is leading the development and the execution of Habitat’s global strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion.

In her previous role at Habitat as Associate General Counsel, Natosha initiated and managed financing programs and strategies to generate sources of capital to enable Habitat affiliates to build affordable housing with families throughout the U.S. In addition to her work at Habitat, Natosha served as an Associate Pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA for 11 years before now serving as All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s Minister for Public Life.

Prior to joining Habitat, she practiced law in the commercial real estate practices of Alston & Bird LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia and at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York City. While at these firms, her practice focused on commercial real estate development transactions, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing.

Natosha is passionate about providing a voice to the voiceless and opportunities to communities that have been historically disadvantaged. Shortly after graduating from college, she was chosen by the King Center for Nonviolent Change and Harvard University, as one of 5 students, to implement a voter education program with the South African Nonpartisan Voter Education Program in preparation for South Africa’s first democratic elections. She trained over 6,000 people in Cape Town, South Africa who then participated in the election that led to the election of President Nelson Mandela in 1994.

Natosha puts her passion into action by serving on the boards of the global Harvard Alumni Association, Executive Committee, the Harvard Alumni Association’s Awards Committee, the Goodwill of North Georgia, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, The Redress Movement (Board Chair), the Veritas School, the Westminster Schools and Out of Hand Theater (Advisory). She has been actively involved in efforts to pass legislation and policies to protect victims of human sex trafficking in Georgia. Her work alongside other activists and advocacy organizations, led to the passage of the Safe Harbor/Rachel’s Law in 2015 and a state Constitutional Amendment in 2016 that outlines the operation of the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund and Commission.

Additionally, she is a highly regarded keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for organizations such as Delta Airlines, the Junior League of Atlanta, LEAD Atlanta, The Atlanta Hawks, Leadership Atlanta, National Charitable Gift Planner’s Association, TD Jakes Global Faith & Family Conference, churches and other global civic and community organizations on topics such as the power of authentic leadership, effective Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies, the intersection of faith and justice, the power and impact of privilege, equity and inclusion, race and gender justice, and community empowerment. Natosha has presided over the National Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service for the past 5 years and delivered her talk “If We Are More Alike Than Unalike, Then…” - for TEDx Centennial Park Women.

Natosha has received recognition and awards for her work and leadership including being selected as one of Atlanta Tribune’s 50 Women of Excellence, one of Atlanta’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Atlanta Business League, the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, the Circle of Friends Pearl Award and the Church Women United’s (Atlanta Unit) Outstanding Young Woman. Natosha is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the International Women’s Forum and the Lake Spivey Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. She was also a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014 and was a fellow in the 2017-2018 International Women's Forum Leadership Foundation Fellows Program with 35 women from 14 nations.

Natosha received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Government with honors from Harvard/Radcliffe College where she was a Harvard/Radcliffe Class Marshall and awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize (Radcliffe’s Highest Honor) and the E.P. Saltonstall Prize. Natosha is married to Corey Rice and they are the proud parents of Kayla, Malachi and Caleb.

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