F. Noel Perry

Founder, Next 10

Noel Perry is a businessman, philanthropist, and the founder of Next 10, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that educates and empowers Californians to improve the state’s future. 

Before founding Next 10 in 2003, Perry was managing director of Baccharis Capital Inc., a socially responsible venture capital fund that he founded in 1991. He has backed multiple business successes such as the interactive educational company Leap Frog and the organic baby food company Earth’s Best. He is a member and former chair of the board of trustees for the California College of the Arts and a member of the advisory board of the Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

In 2003, Perry founded 100 Families Oakland (now 100 Families Alameda County) to help strengthen disadvantaged neighborhoods through intergenerational art making. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer, building water projects in rural Yemeni villages. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and he holds an MBA from George Washington University and a BA from the University of Rhode Island.

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Is California’s Climate Progress Going Up in Smoke?

Jan 23 2020 - 6:30pm

California has been at the forefront of America’s climate fight since Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 32, the country’s first major climate law, in 2006. But recent reports say the state is at risk of falling behind, as wildfires, housing sprawl, and pushback from Washington hamper the state’s efforts to further reduce emissions.