Founder, Next 10
Noel 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. Next 10 is focused on innovation and the intersection between the economy and the environment. Next 10 has released several groundbreaking reports including the annual California Green Innovation Index, which analyzes key economic and environmental indicators that document the role innovation plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy. In addition to in-depth research briefs and reports, Next 10 also produces interactive tools to help inform and engage Californians on key issues facing the state, including the California Budget Challenge, the California Carbon Challenge, and California Choices – tools that help Californians better understand the state’s budget, climate policies, and ballot propositions, respectively.
Before founding Next 10 in 2003, he 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. In 2003, he founded 100 Families Oakland (now 100 Families Alameda County) to help strengthen disadvantaged neighborhoods through intergenerational art making. Mr. Perry 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. Noel lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.