Noelle comes to Partners for Dignity and Rights after spending 11 years as national staff for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), coordinating the 2 million-member denomination’s involvement in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Campaign for Fair Food. A leader in developing a human rights-based approach to addressing human trafficking by the faith community, she has keynoted at the US Department of Justice’s National Human Trafficking Conference, and at the Freedom Network USA’s National Conference on Human Trafficking. Noelle was a keynote speaker at the NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger Policy at the UN and has guest lectured at various universities and conferences. She is contributing editor and advisory board member to Unbound, an online social justice journal, and her work has been published in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, CrossCurrents, Preaching God’s Transforming Justice, and other books and periodicals.
Previously Noelle directed the United Church of Christ’s legislative network on Capitol Hill, coordinated the University of the Poor, School of Theology, and has worked with grassroots groups nationwide organizing for economic human rights. Noelle holds a M.Div and Th.M from Princeton Theological Seminary and a B.A., with high honors from Swarthmore College. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ.