Noelle Mandell was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Philosophy. Noelle has worked tirelessly on and off campus to promote the ideas of social and economic freedom both in the Lone Star State and beyond. Under Noelle’s leadership, a bustling network of like-minded individuals came together in various capacities across the state to present these ideas in innovative formats, creating venues for conversations that know no common boundaries. Through these events, Noelle realized the need to continue cultivating this newfound platform. Thus, she co-founded the Texas Millennial Institute and serves as the CEO.
In addition to her work as an activist, Noelle is the Vice President and co-organizer of Deck the Halls, a non-profit organization that creates and produces an annual holiday parade to celebrate cultural diversity in Houston. Outside of trying to directly make the world a better place, Noelle enjoys ordering iced mochas with almond milk at local artisanal coffee shops, getting shellac manicures, making memories with friends and reminiscing about those memories later on, perusing social media like any other millennial, practicing with her roller derby team, reading and discussing philosophical texts or watching Netflix Originals with her girlfriend, and having dinner out with her family.
Personal Influences: Maria Montessori, Deidre McCloskey, Ayn Rand, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Tara Smith, Albert Camus, Lana Del Rey, as well as some people on our BOA, Angela Keaton, Dan D’Amico, and Marsha Enright.
Favorite Acronym: TMI, for obvious reasons!
Most important issues: LGBTQ awareness & liberation, criminal justice reform and ending the drug war, (as well as addressing the cultural stigmas connected with them), addressing problematic foreign policy and the subsequent erosion of civil liberties, protecting economic freedom in the Lone Star State specifically, popularizing artisanal coffee, and validating Philosophy degrees.
Favorite quote about Texas: “Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.” – Sam Houston