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Natalie Schonfeld, Ph. D.

Dr. Natalie Schonfeld, Dean of Students at Coastline Community College, has 30 years of university experience working with students, faculty and staff in both public and private institutions.


In her current role, she is first and foremost an advocate for students committed to supporting their educational experiences and success. She serve as the college’s conduct officer, responds to student complaints and grievances, and provides direction and leadership to such student service areas and functions as Student Life, Associated Student Government, Outreach and Recruitment, EOPS, Student Equity, Title IX, College Promise, undocumented services, formerly incarcerated student services, and assessment and evaluation.


Prior to working at Coastline Community College, Natalie served in multiple roles in student services, instruction, and institutional research at UC Irvine, Chapman University, and CSU Chico. In all her professional roles, the consistent thread in her roles has been honoring and giving voice to students by advancing and providing programs that are inclusive, supportive, and responsive to students. 


Natalie has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University, an M.A. in Public Policy from CSU Chico, and a B.A. in French and Government from Pomona College. Her dissertation and culminating research projects in both her Masters and undergraduate programs all focused on issues of access, diversity, and student success.


Natalie’s passion and her higher education experience make her extremely qualified to work with BRDG’s students; to shepherd them to be young professionals and future leaders in the technology industry.

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