Natalie Poindexter

Founder and Principal at Authentic Inclusion


Education: Otterbein University - Baylor University
Austin, TX, USA


As the founder and primary consultant of Authentic Inclusion, Natalie has over five years of professional experience in creating, designing, implementing, and evaluating programs and grant-related activities. She holds a Master’s in Public Health and Certified Health Education Specialist certification, in addition to 10 years of experience in grant writing and evaluation, eight years of experience in the pre-hospital medical field, and has been awarded nearly a million dollars in grant funding and contributions within the first two years of consulting. Prior to the formation of Authentic Inclusion, Natalie served on community planning committees and executive boards with local public health agencies, community-based and non-profit organizations, as well as the City of Columbus Diversity and Inclusion committee for Fire/EMS, and Police departments.

Committed to the improvement and development of entities throughout the country, Natalie serves on advisory boards for the FarmShare Austin, Community Festival Organization, Black Leaders Collective Austin, and as an Austin Travis County Public Health Commissioner. As an active member of these organizations, Natalie provides subject matter expertise on collaborative, strategic consulting efforts striving to build equitable innovations with Public Health and Healthcare entities. With ten plus years in community development and strategic planning in collaboration with non-profit organizations, small businesses, and entrepreneurs, Natalie has passionately led sustainable efforts in socially disadvantaged communities pursuing equity and inclusion.


Natalie is driven by passion and commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable space and place for communities. She is a problem solver and naturally altruistic when it comes to team/client related supportive processes, willing to take a stand for what is right without hesitation, and organized and detail-oriented (almost to a fault).

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Best Story

Most recently at SXSW 2023, Natalie was able to speak on a panel with U.S. SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman and Mark Cuban about the challenges of being a minority-woman entrepreneur. Specifically about the lack of funding that is typically awarded to women business owners, which is less than 1%, yet it as of 2019 women were majority owners of 38% of small businesses.

Origin Story

Authentic Inclusion has launched into curating holistic operational solutions to fulfill the gaps in supporting business and organizational transformation. Realizing this was a space where there is a disparity to access, capacity, and education, Authentic Inclusion has intentionally created a niche to disrupt the cultural and practices of many funding institutions across the US.
Authentic Inclusion is a disruptive consulting firm driven to create and develop tailor-made processes to businesses and organizations dedicated to equity and innovative transformation. Through a collaborative side-by-side consulting approach we provide grant and proposal development, portfolio management expertise, boutique technology services, and holistic operational solutions that have sustainable practices driving to your intended outcomes. Our primary service is focused on relieving the stress and pressure of grant and proposal development. Our team has copious amounts for experience and expertise in delivering award winning projects to our clients. Our clients are in non-profit and community-based organizations, higher learning educational institutions, healthcare, and transportation.