Innovation Fellow

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NATILEE MCGRUDER

Co-Chair, Alabama Leads
Bridging generational divides felt by black and and brown grassroots leaders in Alabama to create a foundation of peace, safety and community healing for all

Natilee McGruder (she/her) is a Montgomery, Alabama native with deep roots in community organizing and sustainable agriculture. She serves alongside the dynamic Rev. Karen Shuford as co-chair of Alabama Leads, a pilot leadership program in partnership with Over Zero.

Alabama Leads is a network dedicated to bridging generational divides felt by black and and brown grassroots leaders in Alabama, creating a foundation of peace, safety and community healing for all.

Natilee has expertise in facilitating crucial discussions, strategic planning with nonprofits and universities, and grassroots leadership development. She is a proud graduate of Howard University, the University of Alabama School of Law and the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. She is drawn to work that feels generative, impactful and fun.

Natilee is thankful for all the co-generational leadership development she has been part of, starting with her parents and faith community, and continuing through organizations like Jack and Jill of America, YMCA of Greater Montgomery, 4-H and Cooperative Extension, Alabama Organizing Project, Food Systems Leadership Network, Highlander Center, Vipassana and Rotary among many others.