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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Noorain Khan, 2008

Program Officer for the Office of the President, Ford Foundation

Noorain Khan is the child of immigrants from Pakistan

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

Noorain Khan is currently the Program Officer for the Office of the President of the Ford Foundation.

Noorain was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to US naturalized citizen parents from Pakistan.

Noorain was previously Chief of Staff to Wendy Kopp, the CEO and Co-Founder of Teach for All and Founder of Teach for America.  At Teach for All, a global network of organizations in 35 countries, Noorain worked with the CEO on strategic initiatives to facilitate coordination and deepen the impact of the network. Prior to Teach for All, Noorain was a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City where she advised investors and corporations on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. She also represented pro bono clients in family law and Supplemental Social Security Income proceedings.

Noorain serves on the boards of Girl Scouts of the USA, the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and Libraries Without Borders. She has worked extensively with the Girl Scouts on a variety of special projects, and with the New York Women's Foundation on community-based grantmaking.  She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the Human Rights Radio Law and Gender Fellow in the Human Rights Project at Bard College, where she hosts a radio show and podcast.

Noorain received an MPhil in migration studies at Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA from Rice University. She has worked on the Global Public Policy team at Google, as a contributing researcher at Jezebel, and as a law clerk in the Civil Appellate section of the Department of Justice. 


  • JD Law | Yale University 2011
  • MPhil Migration Studies | Oxford University 2008
  • BA Women's Studies, Political Science | Rice University 2006
Work History
  • Ford Foundation, Program Officer for the Office of the President
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