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Simran Noor


Simran Noor, Vice President of Policy & Programs(VPPP) at Center for Social Inclusion, is a key senior level manager who works directly with the President and Senior Vice President, providing programmatic leadership through the management and coordination of all program staff, strategy development, program management, organizational networking, alliance building and relationship management. In this role, Simran’s primary responsibilities include  programmatic strategy, planning, implementation, staffing and evaluation.

In her role, Simran leads CSI’s Program team who, in turn, ensure the delivery and impact of CSI’s programs. In her past work at CSI as Coordinator of Advocacy and Director of Policy & Strategy, Simran designed and facilitated dozens of workshops in collaboration with national and local community and government groups focused on applying a structural race analysis, and specific policy issues including transparency and accountability, transportation, food and health equity. In addition to workshops, Simran is a regular speaker on issues of racial equity being featured at a variety of conferences and public meetings. During her time at CSI, Simran has worked directly with local and national advocates across the country including in Detroit, New York City, and Seattle.

Prior to joining the Center for Social Inclusion, Simran served as Program Manager at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she worked with the Food, Health & Well-being, Racial Equity and Civic & Community Engagement portfolios. She also served as Program Assistant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she supported the Policy Research and KIDS COUNT teams. Simran is deeply committed to youth development, having worked in organizational development and as frontline staff for the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore-based yoga and mindfulness program, and as a language arts and community engagement teacher for middle school students through the Middle Grades Partnership.

Simran has written and commented on a variety of media including the Detroit Free Press, The Times-Picayune, and City Limits Magazine.  She also has been a featured panelist on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry.

Simran holds a dual bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a dual master’s degree in Public Administration and Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.