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Leaders In The Community

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Noel is a published author and recognized expert with over 27 years of experience in transforming under performing companies into positions of prosperity and optimum value. He specializes in strategic, operational, and tactical services. As a nationally certified public manager, he has been responsible for overseeing many large-scale organizational transformations

Noel earned his Master of Public Administration from Texas Southern University in one of the first cohorts in the School of Public Affairs. He served the scholars, families, and communities in the Houston Independent School District for over 18 years before beginning his new journey with the City of Houston, where he was the first-ever African American and the youngest Chief Executive Learning Officer, overseeing the learning and development stock of over 22K employees.

In 2014, Noel was tapped to lead former President Barack Obama’s national initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, which quickly became a local movement in the City of Houston. Under his leadership, MBK Houston has grown to be one of the most functional and comprehensive models across the country in a crowd of 200 active MBK jurisdictions purposed to create and expand ladders of opportunities for youth, families, and communities.

Noel is known for his creativity, energy, deep-rooted spiritually, motivational speaking, and servant-leadership.

Leaders In The Community

Source: Noel Pinnock / Noel Pinnock



Houston’s youth face many challenges during their developmental years leading into adulthood. That is particularly true for young men of color. Many indicators show that this group consistently rank lower than their peers on measures such as high school graduation rates, household income, employment and neighborhood safety. This group is also more likely to have encounters with law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative, aims to address these inequitable conditions faced by boys and young men of color.

Although the MBK initiative will be an ambitious undertaking for our city. We believe the time, energy, and effort invested in improving outcomes for our youth today will lead to a better quality of life for all Houstonians tomorrow. This translates to better economic conditions for families and increased access to quality education for all children and youth, improved health outcomes for our residents, a well trained workforce that can meet the challenges of the future, greater access to resources, safer neighborhoods, and a host of other factors.

To learn more information about My Brother’s Keeper click here.