Natalie Carithers is a resident of the Grove Hall section of Dorchester. She is a radio personality on TOUCH106.1 FM radio. A former legislative aide for State Representative Willie Mae Allen, Natalie diligently worked with constituent issues and researched policies that directly impact minority communities. Natalie is an advocate for CORI Reform, jobs, education and health care for all. She spends her free time attending meetings, rallies and other events that promote effective change in these areas as well as community violence, problem properties and improving and sustaining the economic status of District 7. Currently, Natalie is working with the Pipeline for Change, a new organization of women that promotes and encourages women of color to run for political office.
Natalie is a 2010 graduate of EmergeMA (www.emergema.org), a political leadership training program. She is also a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management and has taken graduate courses in public policy. She has created surveys for workforce development and program evaluations; developed case management programs; and co-authored an educational study of 7 MA school districts and a scan of the Latino population in Rhode Island with UMASS Boston.
A graduate of Hyde Park High School, her parents instilled the importance of education and the battles parents MUST fight to ensure children receive the quality education they deserve. A single mother, Natalie worked tirelessly to make sure her children received a solid education. She volunteered extensively in Boston Public Schools serving on Parent Councils, School Site Management Councils and reading to elementary students.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Natalie married (William) Lamar Utley in a small service at their church, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Natalie has strong family ties. She has two children. Her son graduated from Latin Academy, Morehouse College and Harvard JFK School of Government. Her daughter graduated from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School and Simmons College. She has a sister and a brother who passed away in 1991. Natalie’s parents who are in their late 80’s suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and are cared for by the entire family.
Natalie Carithers belongs to several organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (currently serving on a National Committee), NAACP, National Council of Negro Women and Order of the Eastern Star. Pubic and Community service is paramount the life of Natalie Carithers.