Mike Madden is the Noble Network of Charter Schools’ Chief Operating Officer. Serving in his 12th year at Noble, he is responsible for designing, implementing, and supporting day-to-day business operations for functions including Campus Operations, Capital Planning, Construction, Facilities Management, Food Service, Information Technology, Safety & Security, Student Enrollment & Recruitment, and Support Team Operations. Mike is also responsible for helping to develop and operationalize Noble's long term strategic vision for growth, performance, and continuous improvement. Finally, Mike is the president of the Board of Directors for Noble Day Care.
Prior to Noble, Mike held leadership positions at the YMCA of Chicago, the City of Evanston, the Government Finance Officers Association, the City of Chicago, and Harris Bank. He also ran his own company, Madden Consulting Group, for five years. Through this business and his prior positions, Mike provided management consulting services for 40+ public sector and non-profit organizations across the country. He also published four works on the selection and implementation of financial & human resource management systems in the public sector, including a co-authored guide titled, “ERP and Financial Management Systems: The Backbone of Digital Government.”
Mike earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University. He also holds a professional certificate in Conscious Leadership and Team Management from the University of Chicago. Mike, his wife (Erica), their daughter (Erin), and dog (Rosie), live in the South Loop.
Why do you work at Noble?
I love being in service to an organization that makes a difference.
Who was your favorite teacher while growing up?
Mrs. Searls, my English teacher for my junior year in high school, remains one of the most impactful people in my life. Mrs. Searls taught me the power of the written word and that writing well is a lifelong pursuit. She did so with such compassion and clarity of purpose, though she was also the first teacher to give me seriously critical feedback. In fact, I received a failing grade on my first paper, which leveled me at the time. Mrs. Searls then worked with me for weeks after school to rebuild my confidence and impart to me the writing tips and techniques I still use today. She saw something in me I never knew existed, and to this day I credit Mrs. Searls with being the first person to show me that you learn more from your failures than your successes.
Favorite thing about Noble or favorite Noble moment?
My favorite thing about Noble is its unwavering and unapologetic commitment to providing our students with an equitable and positive school experience and to dismantling the racist policies and practices that continue to negatively impact people of color. I also love the people I am privileged to work with - they are the kindest, smartest, most dedicated professionals I’ve ever known!
What do you/your department do at Noble?
I run operations, which means I am responsible for much of what happens outside of teaching and learning at our campuses. The teams I oversee are listed below.
Supports and continually improves the operational, administrative, and compliance processes of our campuses.
Facilities, Capital Planning, and Construction
Creates vibrant, beautiful, safe, and highly functional school buildings and outdoor areas and maintains over 1,000,000 square feet of school space across our 18 schools and Noble Day Care.
Provides millions of high quality, nutritious, and tasty meals to our students each year through robust breakfast, lunch, and supper programs.
Provides and supports a technical infrastructure - including hardware, software, and network services - that is secure, safe, fast, resilient, and supports the needs of our thousands of students and staff.
Safety & Security
Creates systems and structures that provide our students and staff with a safe school environment and also supports our campuses through incidents as they arise.
Support Team Operations
Support the operational needs of Noble’s administrative functions.
- Student Recruitment & Enrollment
Attracts new students to Noble through extensive outreach, marketing, and engagement activities as well as establishing authentic and trusting relationships with prospective students and families.
Start at Noble:
June 15, 2009, 12 years of service.
Oak Lawn, IL
University of Notre Dame (B.A. in Business Administration)
Northwestern University (M.A. of Public Policy & Administration)
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