Natella Morandi and her family immigrated to the United States in 1991. Her multi-cultural and multi-lingual background and experience living in multiple countries since her birth, compelled her to study International Relations at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Shortly thereafter, she moved to D.C., received her master's degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs, and began her career as an International Security professional. After a decade in D.C., she currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and their adorable puppy Vader (HUGE Star Wars fans), where she continues working as an International Security professional. Yes, the Aloha force is strong!