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CEO : Expecting Health
For nearly 15 years Natasha has put the real experiences of people at the center of each sector she has worked in, whether focused on nonprofits, community engagement, or health advocacy. She launched Expecting Health to bring a range of consumer and professional stakeholders together to address the need for clear, science-based information for families and individuals through tangible, actionable messages. Her focus is on centering families' perspectives into policy and program design and implementation. She currently leads several initiatives including the Perinatal Nutrition Collaborative, a coalition of organizations and nutrition experts that share emerging science and research efforts. Natasha spends most of her professional time on initiatives focused on building the capacity of family leaders to further engage in leadership roles within the healthcare system and sharing family and consumer perspectives on committees for maternal health throughout the prenatal and postnatal periods. She is a Board Member of the DC-based Federally Qualified Health Center, Whitman-Walker Health, which provides affirming community-based care with a special focus on LGBTQ and HIV care. She has spent the past 10 years working with local organizations to provide accessible physical and mental health services in the DC/ Maryland area.


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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