Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education

Our Staff

Linda NoonanLinda M. Noonan, Executive Director

Linda M. Noonan joined MBAE as Executive Director of MBAE in June 2005, where she 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. Previously, 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 and Development

Tricia Lederer joined MBAE as Director of Communications and Development in November 2010 and is responsible for raising awareness of the educational challenges in Massachusetts and the reforms MBAE advocates to address these.  Tricia oversees media relations, the MBAE newsletter, website content and other outreach.  She also leads the organization’s development  activities.  Tricia has 18 years of public relations experience including working with regional and national companies, industry organizations and nonprofit agencies.  Most recently Tricia worked with Slowey/McManus Communications on media relations campaigns for Walmart, a national nonprofit child advocacy organization and the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association.  From 2000 to 2003 Tricia was Senior Vice President at The Hubbell Group where 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.  Before joining the Hubbell Group, Tricia was director at BSMG Worldwide, an international communications consulting firm, working on corporate, crisis and issues management assignments.  Previously, she worked for Phoenix House Foundation and the New York City Campaign Finance Board.  Tricia holds a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University.



Sonya Bhabhalia, Communications Manager

Sonya Bhabhalia joined MBAE in January of 2014 providing management and support for the organization’s communications work surrounding the New Opportunity to Lead initiative and the advancement of P-20 public education reform in Massachusetts. Prior to joining MBAE, she was the Development and Communications Manager for EdVestors, a non-profit organization focused on accelerating improvement in urban schools. She has also worked as a development and communications consultant for non-profits in the Boston area, a teaching assistant at Phillips Andover, and completed an internship with Pearson Education. A life-long Massachusetts resident, Sonya graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in English.


Anti-Discrimination Employment Policy

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.


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