Noelle is senior digital photo editor at The New Yorker. She is also part time faculty in BFA photography program at Parsons having taught thesis, photography and social justice, and race and representation. In addition she teaches African Diaspora Art, African Art, and Global Hip-Hop Cultures at FIU online.

She is a co-founder and the board chair of FotoKonbit, a non-profit organization created in 2010 to engage, educate, and support Haitians in the telling of their own stories through photography. From 2016-2021, Noelle was the program officer at Magnum Foundation, a nonprofit that expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography through grants, fellowships, partnerships, and public programs.

Noelle has served as a juror for the Alexia Foundation, World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, Overseas Press Club, Photoville, YoungArts, and the New Jersey Council of the Arts. She has served as a mentor in the Women Photograph program, and she has been a reviewer at the New York Times portfolio review, FotoFest Houston, the Bronx Documentary Center portfolio review, Chobi Mela in Bangladesh, and Photo Kathmandu. She also moderates public talks with photographers, which have included Jamel Shabazz and Joseph Rodriguez at the Brooklyn Museum, Clayton Patterson at Overthrow, Alex Harsley and Eli Reed at Magnum Foundation, and Devin Allen and Ruddy Roye at the Open Society Foundations.

Noelle holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in African Diaspora Studies from Florida International University, and an MFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design. She worked as a contract photojournalist for the Miami Herald from 2003-2008.

For more information you can reach her at noelletheard@gmail.com.