Natasha Sim is an attorney and CDFI Program Manager at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). Since joining NCRC in late 2020, she has led the implementation of a multi-million-dollar lending program and managed the development of an affordable housing initiative aiming to produce 20 million homes by 2030.
A native New Zealander, Natasha came to the U.S. about 10 years ago. She lives in Arlington with her partner and amber-eyed cat, Bella. Her main area of interest is financial policy.
Natasha is a co-chair of the WBA’s Career Development and Mentoring Committee.
Why did you join the Women’s Bar Association?
Mentoring has been very impactful in my career, so I thought the WBA Career Development and Mentoring Committee seemed like a great fit. And I thought the WBA generally would be a great way to engage with people again after the COVID bubble.
What benefits do you get from being a part of the WBA and why do you think others should join?
I have met a wide range of people who I otherwise might not have met without the extensive WBA network. I get the opportunity to develop programming on mentorship, which I believe is instrumental to thriving in a place as competitive as DC.
What other organizations are you involved in?
I recently became Chair of the American Bar Association’s Community Economic Development Committee. We are expanding our leadership team, so I would love to hear from anyone who has interest in joining.
I am also a member of the Junior Board of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP), which was a grantee of the WBA Foundation this year. I have had such a great experience developing my litigation and investigation skills through working on Civil Protection Order cases with DCVLP and would definitely recommend reaching out to them if you have any interest in litigation or just generally becoming a stronger advocate.
What are you excited about right now?
This year, I am especially excited about my various roles with the WBA, ABA, and DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.