Noorain Khan is responsible for the strategy and management of the grant-making portfolio of the foundation's president.
Before joining Ford in 2015, Noorain was chief of staff to Wendy Kopp, 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 network’s impact. Earlier, Noorain was a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she advised clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. In addition, she represented clients pro bono in family law and Supplemental Social Security Income proceedings.
Noorain serves on the boards of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, Libraries Without Borders, and Girl Scouts of the USA, where she is National Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. She has worked extensively with the Girl Scouts on a variety of projects and with the New York Women’s Foundation on its Grants Advisory Committee. Noorain 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 US Department of Justice. 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.