Our Staff

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, Career Readiness Initiatives

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.

Ryan Flynn

Director, Affiliate Network Growth & Strategy

Ryan Flynn is MBAE's Director, Affiliate Network Growth & Strategy. Ryan is responsible for growing MBAE’s network of affiliate organizations, which now includes 25 business groups from across the state, and providing customized support for their work with school district leaders, policy makers and other employers to prepare students for success in the workforce and their communities. Previously, Ryan worked for the World Bank, providing lending and policy advisory services to emerging market governments. He has worked with East Asian government agencies to build public-private partnerships that identify and address skills gaps, and has helped develop results-based lending products to raise the quality of technical and higher education in East Africa. He joined the World Bank as a research analyst in its global education knowledge hub, where he worked across countries on four continents to develop and implement a national workforce systems benchmarking initiative that supports program development and policy reform. Ryan holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Villanova University.

Michelle Harrington

Director of Operations

Michelle Harrington joined MBAE in November of 2017 as the Director of Operations. With close to 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working in roles from Executive Assistant to Executive Director, she has gained a wide and varied skill set including extensive experience in fundraising, event and meeting planning, human resources, all aspects of organizational finances including audit preparation, organizational operations management, facilitation and facilities management. Most recently she served as the Executive and Special Projects Administrator at YW Boston. She has worked at Friends of the Children-Boston serving the roles of Development Director, Deputy Director, Executive Director and Director of Administration and Community Partnerships. She has held leadership roles at Strong Women, Strong Girls, Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses (now College Bound Dorchester), Gate of Heaven and St. Brigid Parishes and Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts. Michelle is a lifelong resident of Boston deeply committed to Boston and creating community change. She currently serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council and the Patient Experience Committee at Tufts Medical Center. She is a member of the Development Committee of Strong Women, Strong Girls. She received a BA in history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


MBAE is seeking a dynamic individual to lead our organization forward!  This is an exciting opportunity for a sophisticated team player and leader to direct a program of strategic policy advocacy to ensure that every child in Massachusetts receives a high quality education that will put them on the path to successful lives and meaningful employment.  For full job description and information about how to apply, please visit Isaacson, Miller here

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