Glenda Noel-Ney


Glenda Noel-NeyOverture Center for the Arts

Glenda Noel-Ney serves as Vice president of Advancement at Overture Center for the Arts.  As a member of Overture’s Executive Team, and a fundraising professional, she leads a talented team of development professionals in all aspects of development including, major gifts, annual fund, corporate and foundation support, membership, planned giving, and stewardship to support the organization. 

Prior to coming to Overture, she was the director of development for the Wisconsin Union at the University of Wisconsin Foundation.  She was a member of the Union’s Institutional Advancement team leading the effort to raise $25M to support the Wisconsin Union’s restoration.  Before coming to Madison, she worked as the manager of the philanthropic program at American Express where she was charged with engaging community organizations and providing over $6.3 M in yearly support on a local and national level. 

Ms. Noel-Ney began her career as a cultural affairs coordinator with Philip Morris Companies Inc., where she had a proven track record in conceiving and actualizing projects, creating noteworthy events, and successful campaigns.  She honed her experience in strategic planning, contract negotiations, and  multicultural marketing and branding working with organizations that include, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; the Museum of Modern Art; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and the Washington Project for the Arts to name a few. 

At New York University, she served as the assistant director of the Institute of African-American Affairs where she implemented their Black Genius series; Artist-in-Residence, and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence programs that brought distinguished lecturers to the University including, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka; Angela Davis; bell hooks; Danny Glover; Anna Deveare Smith; Amira Baraka; Ishmael Reed; and Walter Mosley, to name a few.  She also was a lead organizer of Yari Yari:  Black Women Writers and the Future, the first large-scale conference devoted to the study, evaluation and celebration of the creativity of Black Women writers and storytellers. 

A native of New York, Noel-Ney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies with a concentration in Management and Marketing from Buffalo State College in New York.  She participated in several advance level development workshops at New York University and the University of Illinois Foundation. 

Ms. Noel is known for creating and building strong partnerships and nurturing relationships that lead to major gifts and sponsorships that deliver value to all partners in both for-profit and nonprofit environments.

She served on the advisory board of the Romare Bearden Foundation in NYC; locally on the Simpson Street Free Press board; and as a member of the Wisconsin Arts Board for 10 years.  She recently stepped down as a cultural affairs commission member for Dane Arts because of work commitments.

Ms. Noel-Ney is married and has one son, and two step-children.