Noël Harmon is Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, for Say Yes To Education. In this capacity, she plays a central role in the organization’s efforts to forge partnerships and to raise start-up capital – including from foundations and corporations. Among the goals of her work at Say Yes is to expand the Say Yes citywide strategy to additional communities. In seeking partnerships on behalf of Say Yes, Harmon works to identify and cultivate entities that share the organization’s goals of high school graduation and post-secondary completion for all public school students in the communities that it serves. She also leads the organization’s development strategy.
Harmon comes to Say Yes from the Brookings Institution where she was the Associate Director of the Global Cities Initiatives, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase. Previously, she served as the Chief Program Officer and National Director of the Talent Dividend at CEOs for Cities. She led the National Talent Dividend Network and Prize, a joint initiative of Living Cities and CEOs for Cities, to foster post-secondary attainment, through cross-sector collaboration among more than 60 network cities. She has served as a senior research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) where she managed several long-term national initiatives. She spent 10 years working in administration at post-secondary institutions including Hofstra University, University of Michigan, Western Illinois University, and four years in Athletic Student Services at the University of Iowa.
Harmon has held adjunct teaching positions at the University of Iowa and the Washington Center for Academic Programs in Washington DC for the past seven years, teaching “Citizenship in a Multicultural Society”. She blogs frequently for the Huffington Post on issues related to diversity, higher education, and multi-sector collaboration.
Harmon holds a PhD in Higher Education and a BA in English from the University of Iowa, and a MA in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University.