Natalia Abrams is ranked #33 of 69

Executive Director/Co-Founder of Student Debt Crisis. Advocate for borrowers and higher ed reform. Digital Strategist and political wonk.

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My political story

My first engagement with activism was protesting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I continued my passion by majoring in Women’s Studies at UCLA (Summa Cum Laude), where I was a student intern at the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and Vice President of the UCLA FMF chapter. Upon graduating from UCLA in 2009, amid an economic crisis, the issues of education and student debt became the forefront of my advocacy. Since 2011, I have been an advocate for the national student debt movement. I am passionate about engaging with college students, education debtors, and tackling the multi-faceted issue of student debt.

Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship

I would be honored to be a Netroots scholar because of the opportunity to connect with new folks at the conference on ways to alleviate the burden of the student debt crisis. It is important as an online and grassroots organizer to learn from seasoned professionals and discover new ways to plan, initiate and execute campaigns.

What first inspired me to get involved

Occupy Wall Street! I started Occupy Colleges in response to the economic injustices facing millennials and people in college. I was inspired to continue my political activities beyond Occupy which led to me co-founding Student Debt Crisis.

The blog post I am most proud of

I am most proud of winning Bill Maher's "Flip a District" competition where we elected Rep. John Kline as the "best, worst candidate to have their district flipped." At Student Debt Crisis we organized an email and social media campaign that led Kline to the top votes and was announced as the "winner" on Maher's show "Real Time with Bill Maher."

More about my political involvement

Yes, I am an active DFA member. I am the Executive Director of Student Debt Crisis, and we are partners in the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign. I work daily on the student debt issue and speak with struggling student loan borrowers to assist them with their student debt situation.

How I've gotten others involved

I run the website and the affiliated Facebook and Twitter pages. We post daily to keep folks up to speed on student debt issues.

Why I think participation in the netroots is important

Netroots is the premier progressive conference and is essential to networking and finding new people to work with and spread the word for upcoming activities and campaigns.

My Twitter manifesto on online activism

Social media & email are great ways to spread the word to 1000's of people & it's important to have a clear ask that leads to real action.

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