Leonard Noisette is the director of the Justice Team for U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations. In this role, he leads the foundation’s efforts to reduce mass incarceration, eliminate harsh punishment, and promote system accountability.
Prior to joining the foundation, Noisette served as the longtime executive director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, an innovative public defender office renowned for its development of community-based, full service representation of clients. He was a member of the Executive Session on Public Defense, sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Kennedy School of Government, through which he co-authored The Best Defense is No Offense: Preventing Crime Through Effective Public Defense, N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change, vol. 29(1) 2004.
Noisette received his B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York, and his JD from NYU School of Law. He is an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School.