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Meet Our Team

Noorie Brantmeier
Penn Laird, VA
Noorie Brantmeier

Noorie Brantmeier specializes in the areas of research and evaluation, curriculum development, training, higher education, and community development strategies with Native communities and organizations.


Noorie’s experience includes: research coordination and data collection for national Native financial education initiatives; needs assessment and evaluation for the CDFI Fund’s Leadership Journey (TLJ) initiative; University-based asset building and IDA research efforts; and the management of community-based Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) projects. She has also served as a panel reviewer for the Administration for Native American’s (ANA) Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) grants and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


As a curriculum developer and trainer, Noorie has also co-developed and teaches a course for NeighborWorks® America, entitled, “Surviving Harsh Elements: Enhancing a Native Organization’s Sustainability” among others.


Noorie is an Assistant Professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on research methodology, adult training and development, curriculum design, diversity in organizational settings, and Native American studies. She has been a consultant to many Native nations and organizations to include First Nations Development Institute, the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, and Oweesta Corporation on issues related to community development, research and data collection in Native communities. She currently sits on the board of First Step, a local domestic violence shelter.


Noorie holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana University-Bloomington and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis where she studied as a Kathryn M. Buder Scholar in American Indian Studies focused on children, youth, and their families as well as community development. She received her PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Research Methodology from Colorado State University. Noorie resides in Harrisonburg, VA with her husband and three boys. She is a descendant of the Arapaho and Saponi tribes.

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