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Achiever • Restorative
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Noah is an experienced nonprofit leader, arts advocate and executive who brings a twenty-five year track record of leadership and results to each client’s project. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he grew up in Portland, ME and moved to Nashville in 2012. He started his career as a stage manager for theatre, ballet, symphony and opera, and over the course of his career has lived or worked in over 41 states.
He has progressed from managing shows, to leading teams, departments, and institutions, and understands how to deliver bottom-line results and impactful mission outcomes. With clients across the U.S. and internationally, his varied experience includes work on strategic planning, board development, human resources, and system change analysis for arts groups, law firms, counseling agencies, ministries, social service agencies, chambers of commerce, and grass roots advocacy groups. In addition, he has worked on public policy campaigns related to specific legislative action.
Noah has extensive experience in nonprofit executive leadership roles including Nashville Children’s Theatre where he increased audience numbers for the school matinee performance series by 24% and government funding by 55%; and at Nashville Opera where he eradicated all of the company’s debt and broke revenue records with both mainstage and second stage productions. At Tulsa Opera he led the production department for eight years, managing multi-million dollar production budgets, including contracting and support for over 300 singers, musicians, crew and staff each season.
Noah combines his real-world experiences with a people-first focus to help teams to build a shared vision they can operationalize, manage, implement, and measure. He designs and delivers process change, drives increased employee engagement, and improves organizational alignment top to bottom within each agency.
He is a champion for inclusion, diversity, equity and access. From 2010-12, he served on the Leadership Team for Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Tulsa Young Professionals (TYPros) Diversity Crew, leading diversity and inclusion initiatives for the nation’s largest YP organization. He helped to develop the nation’s first sensory-friendly opera program with Vanderbilt’s TRIAD program (The Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders) and is a graduate of Metro Arts’ REAL: Racial Equity in Arts Leadership program.
In addition to working with private clients, Noah is privileged to support the meaningful work of nonprofits across Nashville through his affiliation with Center for Nonprofit Management. He is the project lead for CNM's OnBoard program and is on the faculty for Young Leaders Council where he helps business professionals learn how to serve on nonprofit boards.
Tulsa Business Journal named Noah as one of 2009’s “40 Under 40” Professionals to Watch. In 2010, he was named “The Visionary” by Tulsa People Magazine for their article Change Agents in Tulsa. He has spoken at or served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, OPERA America, Metro Arts, Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, and Americans for the Arts. He currently serves on the board of Tennesseans for the Arts (past president), Nashville Arts Coalition (past chair) and Tennessee Diversity Consortium. He has retained his membership in American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and is a member of both Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) national and Middle Tennessee chapters. He attended the University of Southern Maine, where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in technical theatre and received his master’s in fine arts in stage management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In his free time, Noah takes pottery classes at The Clay Lady's Campus, and studies mindfulness meditation.