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.
Mari Henderson, policy specialist
Mari Henderson is a policy specialist with NCSL’s Center for Legislative Strengthening. She provides expertise and research on committees, continuity of government issues, including COVID-19 related rules and procedural change, and Legislative rules, protocols, and procedures. Prior to joining NCSL, Mari served as a project coordinator for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Denver. She has also served as a Fulbright Fellow in Bulgaria, and interned at the House of Representatives and C-SPAN. She holds a bachelor's degree in global affairs from George Mason University and a master's degree in International Relations and Public Diplomacy from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
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.
Josalyn Williams, policy associate
Josalyn Williams is a policy associate with the Center for Legislative Strengthening. She provides research and expertise about legislator demographics, legislator compensation, and term limits. Prior to working at NCSL, Josalyn taught political science and completed research on American politics and political institutions at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder, her master’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.