Noel S. Anderson currently holds the positions of Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Chairperson of the Administration, Leadership and Technology Department at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.
For over 20 years, Noel has served in a variety of leadership positions. He has lead in large public school districts; charter school networks; private schools; national non-profit companies, focusing onprogram and organizational development. Noel was recently Chief Program Officer for Year Up, Inc., a national workforce and education organization, and was responsible for overseeing program development, innovation and quality for a growing network of over 15 cities across the United States, serving over 3000 young adults. He served on Year Up’s national executive leadership team and was jointly responsible for an operating budget of over $100 million and setting the strategic direction for the organization. Noel also served as Interim Executive Director for Year Up New York, Year Up’s largest market, directing corporate partnerships, fundraising, leading a staff of 40 and managing a budget of $8 million.
Prior to Year Up, Noel was a tenured associate professor and interim chairperson in the Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College. His academic research focuses on career and post-secondary pathways for low income youth, cross-sector leadership in education and race and equity in education. Much of his research integrates the capabilities approach (a theory developed by Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize winner in welfare economics) to education and equity, one of only a handful of U.S. scholars applying this complex methodology to education.
Noel has taught and lectured around the world. He was a Visiting Professor of Politics at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and presented at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, as well as other countries in Europe and Africa on his research regarding “disconnected youth” (those not working or in school).
Noel has earned over a dozen awards and fellowships. Recently, he was a Presidio Institute Cross- Sector Leadership Fellow. He also received the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Education Leadership Award by the National Urban League for his work in developing “Project Ready”, a national college access program operating in over 40 urban league affiliates in 18 U.S. states.