Noelle joined Tahirih in 2021. As Development Associate, Noelle is responsible for assisting the Great DC Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships Manager in implementing mid-level strategies to foster and strengthen relationships with donors, increase Tahirih’s donor base, and effectively monitor the progress of year-round fundraising goals. Noelle will also be working with other Greater DC office staff members to identify and secure sources of potential support for Tahirih’s diverse initiatives. Before joining Tahirih, Noelle held the role of Communications Coordinator with Jerusalem Peacebuilders – a Houston-based, interfaith nonprofit dedicated to peacebuilding work between youth from Israel-Palestine and the U.S. She has also held the title of Volunteer Coordination and Business Development Intern for the Syrian American Medical Society, completed through her Summer 2020 Leadership Scholars program with The Fund for American Studies. During her bachelors degree program at New York University, Noelle participated in the NYU Israel Insights Program – a year-long educational seminar hosted by the NYU Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. The initiative promoted intersectional dialogue and inclusive thought around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, culminating in students’ travel to the Israel-Palestine region for a 10-day, socio-culturally immersive trip. Today, Noelle maintains the title of Global Leadership Director and co-founder of [gather] – a women’s empowerment and community building non-profit, as well as Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the Redefining National Security working group at Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS). Noelle has lived, studied and conducted research on public health and medical anthropology-based issues abroad in Accra, Ghana, serving in local ministries off-campus and serving as an NYU Accra Site Ambassador on-campus – a liaison between students abroad and the Office of Global Services at NYU New York. Prior to her time in Ghana, Noelle also participated in a summer semester abroad at NYU Paris, completing French language coursework through the intermediate level.
What drew me most about Tahirih’s mission was the inclusivity in its vision and capacity to realize different forms of advocacy through its multi-pronged, trauma-informed and research-based model. It is a mission that, I too, have come to cultivate through my own faith journey and departure point as a Christian. With justice-minded individuals also looking to find their place in a space of diverse and meaningful work, I was drawn to the opportunity to work alongside other people who find the purpose in what they do daily; individuals who find how their story and work contributes to the larger and tireless mission to advocate for, empower and defend immigrant survivors – some of the world’s most vulnerable – whose most important identity will first always be that of a human being.
Education: New York University, BA
Languages: English, French
Hometown: Houston, TX