About Natalie Ahwesh

Grassroots Communications Coordinator

Natalie started in animal protection by volunteering at her local shelter and farm sanctuary.  After realizing that true animal protection comes through changes in policy and legislation, along with education, she joined HUMANE ACTION Pittsburgh, of which she is now Vice President. While monitoring and evaluating pending policy, regulatory, and legal action at the federal, state, and local level that may have an impact on animal protection, she works with local stakeholders, including policy makers, police officers, public safety officials, and elected officials to ensure current laws and policies are being enforced.  

Over the past five years, she has initiated many local laws that have been passed, including Pennsylvania’s first circus animal protections and retail sales ban on commercially bred dogs, cats, and rabbits.  She advocates for farm animals by educating the public on the horrors of factory farming and how plant-based eating is the best diet for health and the environment.  She also helped create an initiative to change the way the PA Dog Law office functions to bring more power to combat puppy mills to local government bodies.

Natalie has won several awards, including the Humane Society of the United State’s 2017 District Leader of the Year, The Incline’s 2018 “Who’s Next in Animal Protection”, and is one of Pittsburgh’s 2019 “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine. A math professor by day, Natalie has a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies, Administration of Justice, French, and Mathematics from The University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from The George Washington University.  She enjoys spending time with her rescued animals and traveling with her husband.