Born and raised in the south Bronx, New York Natasha Bean has always believed that arts in education has had a pivotal impact on her ‘being’ as a child. She attended St. Augustine School of the Arts, a music and performing arts elementary school which emphasized the values of creativity, discipline, expression and scholarly work. These attributes have a significant impact on her journey and educational goals. Her passion for volunteerism and various creative methods in the arts (spoken/ written word, music and painting) has lead her to travel to Ghana to teach a class and install malaria nets for a school, write a book of poetry and paint as inspiration arises.
Currently, Ms. Bean is the Program Director of Financial Education at New York University with over 18 years of higher education experience. A graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science and New York University’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s program, Natasha has worked diligently to provide financial aid and financial education to students who are considering higher education. She has worked with access programs by mentoring first generation college students, leads the professional development and training of new financial aid professionals, and creates engaging programing to promote increased financial literacy among our community.