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Community Experience

For over 20 years I have worked in the public and non-profit sectors, as a grant manager, program developer, trainer, manager, and advocate. As a federal grant manager for the state at the Massachusetts Office For Victim Assistance I developed an effective understanding of the interdependent relationship between government agencies and non-profits.  I am a proven leader, effective working collaboratively, I value the inclusion of each stakeholder and work with groups towards consensus building.  My approach is creative, I am a planner, and doer, and the projects I have directed have been met with remarkable success.

For the past 12 years I have been an independent non-profit fundraising and capacity building consultant strengthening the non-profit sector through; strategy development, grant writing, fundraising, and event planning.  For the past several years I have served as the Development Director for two non-profits in Newton, All Newton Music School (www.allnewtonmusicschool.com) and an organization devoted to provide housing for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living, Inc. (www.nwwcommittee.org) My local experience has afforded me the opportunity to meet a diverse cross-section of Newton residents and develop a better understanding of all that is good in our community and what is important to us.

Brenda Noel, volunteer coaching Newton Girls Basketball Association team.

Brenda Noel, volunteer coaching Newton Girls Basketball Association team.

Prior to beginning my consulting practice I worked for the Massachusetts Office For Victim Assistance (www.mass.gov/mova) managing over 10 million dollars in federal and state funding for victims of crime, and managed the public education and training components at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. In addition, I have served as an adjunct instructor at Wheelock College School of Social Work teaching leadership and non-profit management.

I have volunteered at Mason Rice, Brown Middle School, and had the pleasure of coaching several seasons of Newton Girls Basketball (NGBA).

I hold a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Wheelock College and a Masters degree in Macro Social Work from Boston University and am a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the State of Massachusetts.