Natalie P. Shear Associates, Inc. was founded in 1983. Since its establishment, the firm, under the direction of President Natalie P. Shear, has been servicing a broad range of clients with diverse needs.
Utilizing her more than 35 years of experience, Natalie P. Shear has initiated and directed fundraising, public relations and membership campaigns; researched, designed and written annual reports, newsletters and brochures; and managed conventions, conferences, seminars, workshops and press briefings.
During the past 10 years, using her corporate, foundation, labor and community-based contacts, she has raised millions of dollars for several of the firm's nonprofit, public interest clients. Funds were raised through dinners and special events and by successfully matching client projects with corporations and foundations.
Natalie P. Shear Associates, Inc. coordinates special events in Washington, DC and in cities across the country. The firm has produced major events for over 1,000 attendees commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the March on Washington; the 25th Anniversary of the Passage of the Economic Opportunity Act; the 40th, 45th and 50th Anniversaries of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; the 60th and 65th Anniversaries of the National Housing Conference; and the 50th Anniversary of the Americans for Democratic Action.
The firm created and developed one of the first art auctions focusing on African American artists nationwide. Thirteen years ago, the firm created and continues to manage, a gala celebration commemorating the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The event attracts over 1,500 people from corporations, foundations, Congressional leadership and from the disability and civil rights communities around the United States for a night of dancing, entertainment and a grand silent and live auction with celebrity auctioneers.
Over the past 15 years, Natalie P. Shear Associates, Inc. has expanded its conference management activities and staff to handle site selection, exhibit show sales, complete logistics to include registration, preparation and design of conference materials, and program planning for meetings with 1,500 or more attendees nationwide.
The client list has steadily grown and developed principally through referrals by existing clients as an expression of their satisfaction and confidence in the firm.
With her background in the disability and interfaith communities, Natalie P. Shear provides specialized conference management and event planning services to numerous organizations from the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities to the National Organization on Disability, the U.S.Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the U.S.Department of Education, the National Council on Independent Living, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and for disability leader, the late Justin Dart and his family.
The firm has also coordinated the annual Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., event at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. An ethics conference sponsored by the Central Conference of Reform Rabbis, the Rabbinical Council of America and the Rabbinical Assembly of America and a conference on Self Interest, Common Interest and Public Interest: American Jewry in Public Life, sponsored by the Wilstein Institute of the University of Judaism, were planned by Natalie P. Shear. The firm also services the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice.
Prior to opening her own firm, Natalie P. Shear, was, for six years, Public Affairs Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Washington, DC based coalition of 185 national organizations representing African Americans, Hispanic and Asian Americans, Native Americans, women, labor, major religious groups, senior citizens, persons with disabilities and minority businesses and professions.
In addition to utilizing her communication skills to increase the coalition's visibility through media placements, press conferences, background briefings, news releases, newsletters and pamphlets, Ms. Shear mobilized citizen support around the country for the coalition's positions on legislation relating to fair housing, the Equal Rights Amendment, equal employment opportunity, DC Full Representation, pay equity, insurance and pension rights.
She developed and directed a Media Task Force for the nationwide campaign to extend the Voting Rights Act of 1965; organized the grassroots effort in key congressional districts; and provided media assistance through press releases, editorials and public service announcements in targeted areas of the country.
A major portion of her work at the Conference involved complete responsibility as the coordination of the Annual Meeting and the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award Dinner, a fundraising event currently attended by more than 1,200 leaders in the political, corporate, labor and organizational communities.
Her previous positions include Managing Editor of The Jewish Week, a weekly newspaper covering national international Jewish news and the Washington Jewish community; Associate Editor, Show Business Newspaper, New York's theatrical trade paper; Public Relations Director, Library Theatre, a nonprofit, educational project to introduce children to literature through the performing arts; and Editor and a founder of Books Alive, a book review newspaper for kindergarten to third graders distributed to over 75,000 area youth to encourage them to read.