NCSL strengthens state legislatures through research, publications and technical assistance on the legislative institution, those who serve within it and its operations, processes and procedures. NCSL tracks and analyzes information about legislator demographics, their compensation and benefits, partisan composition and legislator terms in office. NCSL staff provides expertise on legislative operations and human resources and are national experts on state legislative sessions and rules and procedure. Individual pages within the About State Legislatures portal offer more detail on these areas of expertise and a collection of related documents.
Natalie Wood, director
Natalie Wood is the director of NCSL’s Center for Legislative Strengthening. She provides expertise and leads research on legislative institutional issues, including internal legislative operations, management and human resources policies, legislative workplace culture, and critical issues impacting representative democracy in the states. During her nearly 17 years with NCSL, she held key roles working on ethics and lobbying policy, legislative management and organization, and leadership staffing. Prior to rejoining NCSL in 2019, Natalie was a policy expert for Colorado non-profit organizations. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame and a master's degree in political science, politics and policy from the University of Colorado Denver.
Pam Greenberg, senior fellow
Pam Greenberg researches and writes about cybersecurity, privacy, public records and other internet and technology policy issues for NCSL. She also focuses on how state legislatures use technology to support and enhance the legislative process. Recently, she has also been tracking legislative actions related to COVID-19, including changes in legislative procedures and operations and legislative oversight of emergency executive powers. Previously, she held research positions at the Education Commission of the States and Regis University. She is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US) and holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Colorado.
Selena Saucedo, policy specialist
Selena Saucedo is a policy specialist with NCSL’s Center for Legislative Strengthening. She provides expertise and research on legislative institutional issues, including human resources and personnel policies, legislative sessions, committees, rules and procedures, legislative calendars and sexual harassment in state legislatures. Prior to NCSL, Selena worked as a legislative director in the Texas House of Representatives and legislative and policy analyst for the Texas Department of State Health Services. She also worked for the Texas Office of the Attorney General after graduating law school. Selena received her bachelor's degree in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law. Selena has experience in both the public and private sectors focusing on public relations, public affairs, policy and communication.
Mandy Zoch, public fellow
Mandy Zoch is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and NCSL policy specialist. She splits her time between the Elections and Redistricting Program and Center for Legislative Strengthening. For the elections team, she primarily researches ballot measures and the citizen initiative process. For the Center, she works on legislator compensation and demographics. Prior to joining NCSL, Mandy taught composition and literature at Colorado State University and Indiana University. She holds a doctorate in English from Indiana University and received her master's degree from Indiana University and her bachelor's degree from Carleton College.