Natasha is an educator and artist who splits her time between San Francisco and Willits. A vocalist and conductor, Natasha appears frequently in musical productions of all sorts in the Bay Area and throughout the US. Natasha is the founding artistic director of the SF-based Women’s vocal ensemble, Musae. She performed her original one woman show, “Learning to Breathe” at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco and has collaborated with numerous prominent performers, writers, stage directors and conductors.
Natasha has also dedicated a substantial portion of her professional life as an educator and advocate for public education. A Teach for America Corps member and Coro Fellow, Natasha taught junior high school in the South Bronx, where she founded the school’s drama program and developed an early college English curriculum that emphasized inter-disciplinary writing and the arts. After returning to San Francisco, Natasha has played a leadership role in several initiatives in support of public schools. Natasha is the Executive Director of the Silver Giving Foundation and is a Senior Partner of California Education Partners. She is currently the chair of San Francisco’s After School for All Council, Board President of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the founding board chair of the Future Leaders’ Institute, and a Board Member of Children Now.
Artist Noel Woodhouse was born and raised in Willits and earned a B.S. in Spanish from UC Davis and a certificate in Green Building from Merritt College. He has returned home to educate and inspire a new generation of Willits youth, currently teaching Green Building at Mendocino Community College and coaching soccer at Willits High School. He is the founder of Willits High School’s Green Building Program.