Nathalie Applewhite is the strategic director of development. She leads the Center's development efforts, overseeing fundraising initiatives in collaboration with the executive director and other team leaders, the management of current grants, impact collection and communication, and the Center’s individual donor campaigns. She plays a strategic role in the framing of initiatives and working across teams to advance the Center's mission. Nathalie joined the Pulitzer Center in 2006, shortly after its founding, and has played a key role in the development of the Center's model and approach towards journalism initiatives, communications, and public and educational outreach.
Before joining the Center, Nathalie worked nationally and internationally on documentaries, educational, political and commercial productions as a producer, director, and editor. She also worked as a consultant for the Executive Office of the Secretary General at the United Nations, and as a project manager and media specialist for the University of Pennsylvania’s Literacy Research Center. Nathalie's award-winning film Picture Me an Enemy, about two young women from the former Yugoslavia, was screened nationally and internationally in film festivals and universities.
Nathalie holds a Master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, where she concentrated in International Security Policy with a regional concentration in the Middle East. She focused on the intersections of media, democracy, and nationalism, and in the role of media in war and its potential in conflict prevention, resolution and peace-building. Nathalie received a BA in Visual Anthropology from Temple University, after an eclectic run of international programs and cultural studies in NY, France, Latin America, and Japan.
Nathalie has run dozens of workshops on multi-media production for journalists, and made presentations at universities, high schools, and conferences on war and representation, the role of media in conflict, global reporting at a crossroads, and the intersection of new and traditional news media.