PREP Director and Senior Counsel, Educational Opportunities Project
Natasha Quiroga is senior counsel for the Educational Opportunities Project, where she directs the Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program. PREP empowers underserved families to address educational challenges and advocate for positive change by training them how to advocate for their child’s education and school accountability.
After graduating from law school, Natasha served as the first executive director for Educación Para Nuestro Futuro (formerly Escuela Bolivia) in Arlington, Virginia, an organization which seeks to empower Latino children, youth and families through education and leadership. Natasha later joined a boutique education firm in Washington, D.C., as an associate where she advised state and local education agencies on compliance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Opportunities Act, and the Workforce Investment Act. Also prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, she coordinated the Asian American Pacific Islanders 2010 Voter Protection efforts in Texas for the Democratic National Committee.
Natasha founded the Emerging Leaders Program, a leadership and college prep mentoring program for immigrant high school youth, while still in law school. Additionally, Natasha interned at the ABA Center on Children and the Law; Defense for Children International in Bolivia; the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights; and was a summer associate in the IP and Business Transactions sections at the Dallas office of Haynes & Boone LLP. Prior to law school, Natasha worked with NetOrganix, an information and communication technology start-up in Bolivia, where she worked with children’s orphanages through the Alianza Hogar project. Upon graduation from college, she joined AVANCE-Dallas, a family literacy program serving immigrant families, where she created the grassroots organization’s development office.
Natasha received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and her Master’s in International Politics from American University School of International Service. She received her B.B.A. in Marketing and B.A. In Plan II Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Natasha is fluent in Spanish and is licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. Natasha is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar.
Memberships, Affiliations & Other Distinctions
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association – DC
- Hispanic Bar Association – DC
- Latino/a Alumni Association of the Washington College of Law (LAAW)
- National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement
- New York, 2009
- District of Columbia, 2010