Natasha Mayer worked in media and TV jobs around the world before landing as communications director in Rep. Dave Reicherts office.
After a brief return to D.C. in 2010 as an independent media consultant, Mayer resumed her life abroad in 2011 by becoming director of public relations for SCL Elections, a London-based political consulting firm. Her tenure at SCL had her managing parliamentary campaigns in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia and included stops in Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad and St. Vincent.
Finding a Home on the Hill
Mayer’s father’s death last summer led to her septuagenarian mother moving into her Virginia home. In between her duties in the Caribbean and fighting off dengue fever, Mayer recognized that distance was preventing her from fully tending to her mother’s needs. And a life on the run had also left her wanting to pack her bags and come home.
“I think a lot of times when you start working overseas, you tend to be running away. And I thought that it was time to stop running away,” she said.
Still working for SCL Elections, she returned to D.C. last August and floated her résumé to a friend.
She had never seen the legislative process up close, but Capitol Hill seemed like an attractive option.
When Reichert’s office came calling, she responded. A face-to-face meeting with the Washington state lawmaker ended with a job offer and a January start date.
She is still trying to wrap her arms around the ins and outs of Capitol Hill. “It’s a huge learning curve for me,” she said.
And while her D.C. friends warned that working on the Hill might not match the excitement of her past global expeditions, Mayer discovered that being at the center of the legislative world is as good a place to be as Iraq or the Caribbean.
“I think to be right in the thick of it is just fascinating,” Mayer said.
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