Natalia Linares

Natalia 'nati' Linares is the Communications Manager for the New Economy Coalition. Her decade of work as an artist advocate, publicist, and social entrepreneur inspired a deep-seeded passion for economic justice and democracy. In 2010, she founded conran - creating visibility for the world's wildest creators and disorganizers - an artist development agency investing in new paradigms for a hyper-connected, heart-centered generation. Her extensive resume includes working as an artist manager for Panamanian, Oakland-based bicultural rap pioneers Los Rakas and Brazil-via-Brooklyn Carioca-funk polyglot diva Zuzuka Poderosa, handling Artist Relations for NYC's iconic free concert series SummerStage, leading publicity efforts for emergent festivals like Santiago de Cuba's inaugural MANANA as well as the Afro-Latino Festival of NYC, and strategic consulting for #DIASPORADICAL artists like Chicano Batman, Blitz the Ambassador, Bomba Estereo, Dayme Arocena, Quantic and many others. Linares is also the founder of ISLA, an arts collective based in her hometown of New York City borough Staten Island, which organizes an annual community arts festival. This experience & her ongoing work as a collective member of Sol Collective Sacramento, CA - a community center which is co-creating a co-operative record label, artist development model & grassroots touring network - led her to explore the role art and artist collectives could play in building not only a new economy, but a new culture. She has a BA in Political Science from Colgate University and is a proud bicoastal digital nomad based in Western Massachusetts with her partner. Follow her on Twitter.