Noelle McKay

Program Officer

Noelle McKay joined Community Foundation of Henderson County in May of 2021 as the Program Officer bringing with her more than 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector. Noelle’s role is to provide primary support to programmatic functions of the Foundation. She is responsible for all aspects of the grantmaking process, including proactive research, organizational convening, consultations regarding applications and planning, proposal investigation, advising and evaluation, grant tracking and post-grant evaluation. Noelle also oversees special grantmaking/funding projects and initiatives, strategic planning for identified community needs.

A Henderson County native, Noelle graduated from Hendersonville High School and continued her education at UNC Chapel Hill earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. For more than 20 years she advocated for affordable housing through various roles at Housing Assistance Corporation eventually serving as the organization’s Executive Director from 2012-2016. Following her tenure in affordable housing, Noelle continued her work with area nonprofits as a consultant offering strategic guidance, grant writing expertise, and content writing services. During her career, Noelle researched and wrote grants for financial support resulting in over $5 million in direct organizational funding. She created and oversaw a single-family housing development program and a development of 78 units of mixed-income multi-family housing. She also initiated an AmeriCorps VISTA program and provided strategic support for the development of COVID-19 response plans.

Her significant experience in the nonprofit sector and passion for improving her community led to service on volunteer boards at Interfaith Assistance Ministry, Safelight, Council on Aging, and Self-Help Credit Union.

Outside of the office, Noelle enjoys spending time with her partner, Patrick, and daughters Stella and Jude. Her hobbies include reading, writing, paddling area rivers, cooking, and gardening.

If you’d like more information about applying for a Community Foundation grant or other Foundation projects, contact Noelle at or 828-697-6224.