Matthew McCabe currently serves as Chief of Staff & Public Affairs for the Noble Network of Charter Schools, where he leads strategic planning, communications, and government and community affairs. He previously served as director of government and community affairs, leading state and local policy, advocacy, and community engagement. Matt started at Noble as a history teacher, grade-level lead and ultimate frisbee coach at the Pritzker campus. In 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Matt to a U.S. Senate-confirmed seat on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. He was later appointed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as a commissioner on the Serve Illinois Commission. Matt has completed policy fellowships with Teach Plus and Leadership for Educational Equity, served as a Teach For America corps member and teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and has been an elected Local School Council representative.
Matt graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in political science and English and holds an M.A. in teaching summa cum laude from Dominican University. In 2019 he was selected as a Neubauer Civic Scholar by the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, where he will earn his MBA in the weekend program.
Why do you work at Noble?
An excellent high school education changed the trajectory of my family's life and my life. I believe that every student in Chicago deserves a life-changing, excellent education and that Noble can be that special place.
Who was your favorite teacher while growing up?
Mr. Connelly, sophomore English. When he saw me submit something less than I was capable of, he not only noticed, but he made me do it again, instead of letting me fail or quit.
Favorite thing about Noble or favorite Noble moment?
On the first night of orientation in 2010, telling my advisees that I'd be there for them through their whole high school journey and then shaking their hands as I handed them their diplomas four years later.
What do you/your department do at Noble?
The public affairs team shares the incredible stories of Noble with the broader world by amplifying voices of students, teachers, and alumni. We help connect our campuses to our community organizations and leaders to bring resources to bear for our students and staff. The teams I oversee include:
Government & Community Affairs
Responsible for helping campuses implement their visions for parent and community engagement, direct parent organizing and advocacy on behalf of the Noble community at the city, state, and federal levels.
Responsible for internal and external communications, including social media, website, press relationships, Noble branding, and preparation for Noble media appearances.
Start at Noble?
University of Pittsburgh (B.A. in English Writing and Political Science)
Dominican University (M.A. in Teaching)
University of Chicago Booth School of Business (M.B.A., in progress)