Brenda Noel was elected as the Ward 6 City Councilor in November 2017, unseating a four-term incumbent. She serves on the Council’s Public Safety and Transportation and the Finance committees.
She has more than 25 years experience in the public and non-profit sectors, working on a range of issues that are important to her, including; domestic and sexual violence, affordable and specialized housing, arts and culture, and education.
For the past 6 years, she has worked at Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living, Inc., a non-profit in Newton that provides housing and support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since January 2018, she has served as Executive Director.
A trained social worker, Brenda approaches her work on the Council through this lens. A strong advocate for inclusivity, and with a keen understanding of the intersection of race, class, and social policy, she advocates for a city that focuses on quality of life for all. She is working with her colleagues on ensuring a vibrant future for our City, one that is inclusive and tolerant, reflecting the changing world we live in.
Brenda holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wheelock College, a Master’s degree in Macro Social Work from Boston University and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the State of Massachusetts. She has lived in Newton for the past 9 years with her husband, twin daughters who attend Newton South, and Theo and Peggy, the family dogs.