Player, Washington Mystics | WNBA
Natasha Cloud, hailing from Broomall, Pennsylvania, graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2015, with a degree in Communication studies. As a member of the Women’s basketball team, Natasha earned numerous awards including Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team, Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List, and Naismith Trophy Watch List. She was also honored as a member of the SJU Director’s Honor Roll. Natasha was Drafted 15th overall in the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. In 2019, she led the Mystics to their first WNBA Championship and was voted to the 2019 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team. Natasha opted out of the 2020 WNBA season to fight for social justice.
When Natasha is not active on the court, she is a successful social justice activist. Busy lending her time and voice to the most marginalized of her community, Natasha uses her platform to speak out against systemic racism and injustice. In the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s killing, Natasha attended several protests, and published a poignant essay in the Players’ Tribune calling out athletes who don’t speak out against police brutality: “Your silence is a knee on my neck.”
Natasha is highlighted on “Forbes 30 Under 30 in Sports” for her commitment to social justice activism. In 2020, Natasha signed a shoe deal with Converse, becoming the company’s first female athlete to join their team. She was named Outsports Female Hero of the Year in 2020.
Natasha is a member of the Everytown For Gun Safety Athletic Council, the Players Coalition, and is an Athlete Ambassador for SheIS.
Off the court, Natasha loves to travel, spend time with her family, and focus on the everyday nuances of her company, Cloud9. Natasha is married to a professional fastpitch softball player of the Chicago Bandits, pitcher Aleshia Ocasio.