Natalie Pennywell currently works as the Site Director for Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Urban Communities, East End Health Education and Wellness Center. Before joining VCU Natalie Pennywell worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Division of Community Nutrition in the Virginia Department of Health, which includes the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (VA WIC Program), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). She has also previously worked as a Community Health Educator for the Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District and was the founding coordinator and one of the first mangers of the Healthy Living and Learning Center in the Petersburg Public Library. She is the immediate past Chair of the Regional Coalition Against Alcohol, Nicotine, and Underage Drug Use (CAAN-DUU); served as a central representative on the Virginia HIV Planning Group Members (CHPG); sits on the board of the Great Richmond American Heart Association as the Mission Committee Chair and Virginia Advocacy Committee Liaison; and sits on various organizations and coalitions boards and leaderships teams.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Voorhees College in 2006 and her Master of Public Health in health promotion, education, and behavior from the University of South Carolina in 2010. She holds certifications as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a Consumer Health Information Specialist (CHIS).