Natalie Fotias

“The most beautiful thing about life is the many possibilities it holds. The ugliest is when possibilities are closed off.”

Natalie Fotias, director of communications, joined The Skillman Foundation in 2015. Natalie is responsible for the communication strategies and brand management of the Foundation and supports several of its community initiatives and partnerships.  

Prior to joining the Foundation, Natalie worked in communications and fundraising in the nonprofit sector for Gleaners Community Food Bank and Muscular Dystrophy Association. She led telethons, radiothons, publications, signature events, and multi-channel marketing campaigns. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Natalie led lululemon athletica’s branding and community outreach efforts in Michigan, leading to the highest store opening sales for the company in the U.S. and second highest globally, surpassed only by the company’s flagship store.

Natalie received her master’s degree in communications from Wayne State University and bachelor’s degree in film and video production from Columbia College. She is a creative writer, video editor, and multimedia creator who explored youth culture and identity through her work.

Natalie is a leader of ComNetwork Detroit, a local chapter of the Communications Network, which brings together social sector communicators to learn together and solve complex social issues. She is a board member of The Heidelberg Project, an outdoor art environment and Detroit-based community organization with a mission to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art.

Natalie is married to Sam Fotias and has a son named Costa. They enjoy Detroit’s many music and cultural festivals.

Areas of expertise:
Messaging (for social change), multi-media communications, writing, editing, branding, public relations

How I can help partners:
Talking through communications strategy, media outreach, messaging, and vendor referrals

Some of my favorite things:
Live music, warm weather, exploring new places with my husband & son

How I reenergize:
Exercise, kayaking