Noorain Khan is director in the foundation’s Office of the President where she oversees grant making from the foundation’s Reserves Fund and leads cross-foundation strategic projects and initiatives that emerge from the president’s priorities. Previously, she served as program officer in the Office of the President.
Noorain was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to US naturalized citizen parents from Pakistan.
Before joining Ford in 2015, Noorain was chief of staff to the CEO and co-founder of Teach for All and founder of Teach for America. Earlier, she was an attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she advised clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and governance. In addition, she represented clients pro bono in family law and Supplemental Social Security Income proceedings.
Noorain serves on the board of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she is national secretary and a member of the executive committee. She also serves on the boards of Libraries Without Borders, the New Women's Foundation, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, and, previously, the Association of American Rhodes Scholars.
Noorain has received the George Parkin Service Award for outstanding contributions to the Rhodes Trust and was honored by Rice University’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality with its Distinguished Alumna Award. She appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Law and Policy in 2014 and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Noorain earned a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School, where she was a PD Soros Fellow; an MPhil in migration studies from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar; and her bachelor’s degree from Rice University.