Noah Bartlett serves as Director of Finance and Operations at the ACLU of New Mexico, with a career spanning over 20 years in the nonprofit sector. Prior to working for the ACLU, Noah dedicated the past 15 years to working in arts and cultural institutions in San Francisco, California.
Noah served as an operations director for the California College of the Arts, where he played a key role in establishing initiatives such as the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment steering committee and the Academic Operations Committee. These initiatives aimed to promote sustainability, accessibility, and equity within the college. Noah steadily advanced within the organization and assumed director, senior director, and chief positions, ultimately overseeing operations in both San Francisco and Oakland. He was responsible for financial management, personnel, and capital planning, with oversight of multimillion-dollar operating and capital budgets.
In 2016, Noah joined the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as director of operations during its transformative multimillion-dollar expansion. He played a vital role in ensuring the successful completion of the LEED Gold project and effectively scaled the museum's operations. Noah assumed the position of chief administrative officer, where he had direct oversight of critical aspects of the museum's operations, including technology, visitor experience, retail, food and beverage, and security. He was directly responsible for 40% of the museum's $70 million operating budget.
In addition to his finance and administration responsibilities within the museum, Noah led community and government relations and partnered with city and state agencies to address a wide range of issues. He also served as Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Streets and Planning Committee for the Yerba Buena Community Benefits District, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents, businesses, and workers in downtown San Francisco's arts and cultural district.
Noah pursued studies in film and new media at the California College of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on environmental justice issues, including food insecurity, urban ecology, and renewable energy policy. Currently, he is an Executive MBA candidate at the University of California's Haas School of Business and actively volunteers as a canine socializer with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
Despite his many commitments, Noah prioritizes deepening his lifelong appreciation for New Mexico's unique culture and environment. When he is not immersed in ensuring the financial health of the ACLU, you can find him exploring the scenic outdoors, engaging in woodworking, or searching for the perfect sopaipilla.
Noah Bartlett was born in Albuquerque and raised in both Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Oakland, California.