About Natalie

Natalie Sheppard was elected by the parents and stakeholders in Rochester, NY to the office of School Board Commissioner for the Rochester City School District (RCSD) in November 2017. In this role she serves as Board Liaison to the following schools:

  • School No. 4 
  • School No. 20 
  • School No. 42 
  • Edison Career & Technology High School
  • Rise Community School
  • Rochester Early College International High School
  • Rochester Preschool Parent Program

Commissioner Sheppard is a Licensed Master Social Worker and is employed as a Program Manager of Credible Messenger’s Program with Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth agency. Her prior professional experiences include work as a Paraprofessional at Monroe #1 BOCES, Associate Teacher at Monroe #1 BOCES, Program Coordinator at Urban League of Rochester, Caseworker at the Monroe County Children’s Detention Center, Care Coordinator at Hillside Family of Agencies, Social Worker at Children Awaiting Parents and Adjunct Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College. These roles molded Natalie into an industrious and productive advocate for children, youth and families.  Collectively, they demonstrate a portfolio of a seasoned education and public policy official who is qualified to assess systems, develop policy and legislate to improve the lives of those she serves. 

Commissioner Sheppard currently resides in Rochester, NY with her daughter and dog where she continues to support various community organizations.

“No effort is in vain when you’re advocating to fill in the gaps of injustice.”