Natalia Zea

Chief Public Policy & Community Engagement Officer


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Natalia Zea serves as Chief Public Policy & Community Engagement Officer for The Children’s Trust, utilizing two decades of experience in government administration, community engagement, journalism, public affairs, and resource development. In this role she oversees two incredible teams of dedicated professionals in the areas of public policy, community engagement, and communications.

Previously, she has held various leadership roles in the public sector, serving as Chief of Staff to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins, proudly serving the residents of District 8. She also served as District Director of Communications for Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the fourth largest school district in the nation and as M-DCPS Director of Community Engagement, where she worked to strategically implement and maintain long-standing and high-value partnerships between the school system and corporations, small businesses, government entities, funders, community-based organizations, and community leaders.

Before making the move to public service, Natalia worked as a television news reporter and anchor, focusing on both investigative stories and general assignments stories - covering everything from government to crime to positive community impact. She spent 10 years at CBS Miami, where she worked to give the viewer action steps they could take after seeing a powerful story. Natalia earned a bachelor’s degree (BS) in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder and an executive Master of Public Administration from Florida International University.

She is a mother of two and strongly believes ensuring equitable access to safe environments, health resources, and education and workforce opportunities for all children and teens is the key to making Miami-Dade a better community. If you are interested in sharing your Children’s Trust-related story or you would like to establish meaningful and effective partnerships that serve children and families, please don’t hesitate to contact her at