Natalie Callone serves as the Director for the Chicago region of BENS. From fundraising and recruitment, to offering BENS events and discussions, Natalie furthers the BENS mission throughout the Chicago-land area. A key focus of her work is building and maintaining a network of BENS members and partners.
Natalie came to BENS from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) where she worked closely with the Midwest Diplomatic Corps on global advocacy campaigns and directed all legislative and media strategies. Prior, Natalie had the pleasure to work with the Harvard Kennedy School, International Institute for Counter Terrorism, and International Institute for Policy and Strategy on various research publications and policy simulations, focusing on Middle East Affairs and the Kurds.
Natalie holds an MA from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel and was awarded the prestigious Ragonis Scholar award for her academic pursuits. In her spare time, Natalie runs marathons and seeks out international hiking paths. She currently lives in Oak Park, IL with her husband, son, and dog.