Natalia Hentschel is an IAP2 trained public participation specialist and facilitator with expertise in urban and environmental planning. As a Land Use and Environmental Use Planner for the County of San Diego, she is committed to meaningful public engagement in pursuit of project outcomes that positively impact communities. With more than ten years of community engagement experience, Natalia 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. Natalia focuses on formulating outreach programs for populations who typically are underrepresented in public dialogue. 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. Before joining the County of San Diego, Natalia was Senior Public Participation Strategist and Facilitator for Katz & Associates, a San Diego-based communications and public outreach consulting firm.
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.