Linda M. Noonan

Executive Director


Linda is responsible for advancing MBAE’s mission to ensure a high quality public education that will prepare every child in Massachusetts for success in college, career and citizenship. Before joining MBAE in June 2005, Linda served as Executive Director of The Alliance for the Commonwealth (currently the AIM-International Business Council), a nonpartisan research and educational foundation established by Associated Industries of Massachusetts to help companies increase their global competitiveness in order to create and maintain jobs locally. Linda has also held positions as State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business; as Assistant Secretary of Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a policy analyst at the U.S. Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her civic and volunteer activities include serving on the Westwood School Committee, and on the town’s Permanent Building Committee. She is a member of the Cornell University Council, the President’s Council on Cornell Women, the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy Advisory Group, and MassINC Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Fellows. Linda has served on the Teachers21 Board of Directors; Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council and the Educator Evaluation Task Force for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE); Steering Committee of Global Education Massachusetts, and other task forces and advisory committees. She holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Chicago.

Tricia Lederer

Director of Communications


Tricia joined MBAE as Director of Communications in November 2010 and is responsible for all MBAE communications and marketing activities. Before joining MBAE, Tricia worked in public relations representing regional and national companies, industry organizations, associations, and nonprofit agencies. At Slowey/McManus Communications, she worked on media relations campaigns for Walmart, a national nonprofit child advocacy organization and the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association. At The Hubbell Group, she managed strategic communications programs for Merrill Lynch and a corporate communications program for ISO New England, the independent system operator of the region’s bulk power grid. Tricia was director at BSMG Worldwide (now Weber Shandwick), an international communications consulting firm, working on corporate, crisis and issues management assignments. Before moving to Boston, she worked in communications for Phoenix House Foundation and the New York City Campaign Finance Board. Tricia holds a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University.

Jackney Prioly Joseph

Director, Future Ready Massachusetts


Jackney Prioly Joseph joined MBAE as Director of Future Ready Massachusetts in March 2014 and is responsible for developing strategy and leading the implementation of the Future Ready public information campaign. Previously, Jackney served as Policy Director and Director of External Relations for At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. She led the legislative process for various policy initiatives including Councilor Pressley’s liquor licensing reform legislation. In addition she served as both the Education and Arts Liaison. Prior to this position, ​Jackney​ served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and the Chief of Human Services in the office of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. She conducted research on youth development opportunities in the city of Boston, managed special projects and served on the Leadership Team of the Human Services cabinet. She also served concurrently​ as the Coordinator of the City of Boston Scholarship Fund where she managed the annual disbursement of scholarships to high school seniors and college students. ​Jackney has been an active member of several organizations including the Posse Foundation, ONEin3 Boston and The City School. She currently serves on the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Executive Board. In 2010 she received the Posse Boston Community Investment Award for her service to the city and to the Posse Foundation. Jackney received her MA in Public Administration from Northeastern University and her BA in Philosphy from Bryn Mawr College.

Christopher Benoit

Executive Assistant/Project Manager


Christopher Benoit joined MBAE as Executive Assistant and Project Manager in July 2015. In addition to providing direct support to the executive director, he is responsible for supporting MBAE's general operations and for maintaining vendor relationships. Christopher brings expertise and experience in operations and project management from his fifteen years as an executive assistant and project manager in various financial services, consulting, corporate learning, publishing, compliance, and venture capital firms. Christopher received his BA, English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He composes music in his spare time.
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