Whole Child Strategies comprises a dynamic group of public education, non-profit management, community development and business administration professionals who believe every neighborhood deserves meaningful investment, regardless of zip code or demography.


Natalie McKinney

Executive Director

Natalie McKinney is the executive director of Whole Child Strategies, Inc. She previously served as the Director of Policy for both Shelby County Schools and legacy Memphis City Schools, which included policy development and legislative planning…. (More)


Tenice Hardaway

Policy and Data Analyst Fellow

In her role as a Policy and Data Analyst with Whole Child Strategies, Inc., Tenice Hardaway supports education organizations by helping them to make data-informed, results-based decisions.  Her work with WCS began in 2017 when she moved to Memphis from Los Angeles, California, as an Education Pioneers Fellow… (More)


Luther Mercer

Director of Development, Advocacy, and Sustainability

Luther Mercer joined Whole Child Strategies in January of 2018, bringing with him more than 15 years of background and experience working in education, government relations, and policy and more than 20 years’ involvement in state politics… (More)


Elizabeth M. Mitchell

Administrative Assistant

A native Memphian, Elizabeth Mitchell has always had a passion for serving others and coordinating events.  She has a lifetime of community service that includes applying her talents and leadership skills at such organizations as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Salvation Army, Victims to Victory, Life Blood, Revitalize Memphis, 4Sweet Sakes, LLC-Doulas, Youth Villages, and many more. 


Christopher Baker 

Data Manager

Chris Baker joined Whole Child Strategies as an Education Pioneers Fellow in December 2018 following 12 years as the lead market research analyst for the Washington, DC division of Vornado Realty Trust.  As the Data Manager, he is responsible for data quality and security, and he collaborates with the rest of the team to deliver accessible and informative analyses of salient issues affecting student performance in WCS’ focal neighborhoods.  Mr. Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Rochester and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Penn State University.