Natalie Self is a program officer in Market Gaps for the Entrepreneurship department at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She is responsible for managing a diverse grant portfolio that addresses the removal of systemic barriers that entrepreneurs face in starting and growing businesses. She works to build a community of organizations that are working to close market gaps, enabling them to share what works in order to better serve entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Self was the project manager of BioSTL, where she led a regional effort to increase race and gender equity in the ecosystem of organizations that build, fund, and mentor early-stage, tech-based companies in St. Louis with the St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective. Self also coordinated the logistics and evaluation efforts for BioSTL’s nationally recognized Inclusion Initiative. Earlier, Self founded her own diversity, inclusion, and equity capacity-building firm focused solely on providing actionable, implementable solutions for building inclusive and equitable organizational cultures and client relationships.
Self is a member of the Phi Betta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. She has a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, with a concentration in social and economic development. She graduated summa cum laude with honors from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., with a Bachelor of Arts in English and social justice with a concentration in Black American studies.