Norah Yahya is an accomplished advocate with a demonstrated ability to navigate the complexities of the budget process on behalf of some of New York’s leading non-profits.
A former Senior Legislative Financial Analyst for the New York City Council’s Finance Division, Norah oversaw the expense and capital budgets for the New York City Department of Education and the implementation of various Council initiatives, including the Cultural After-School Adventure (CASA) program.
As Associate Director of Government & Community Affairs for the New York Public Library, she organized advocacy campaigns to secure tens of millions of dollars in vital public funding for the Library system. She began her advocacy career in New York working for United Neighborhood Houses, where she lobbied city and state lawmakers on behalf of 38 local Settlement Houses throughout New York.
A passionate educator, with a Masters in Urban Education Policy from Brown University, she serves on the Board of Trustees of La Cima Charter School and previously worked as a Research & Policy Associate for the Annenberg Institute for Education Reform. Earlier in her career, she worked in the Washington office of Senator Dianne Feinstein and for the National Association of State Units on Aging.