Noel "Nowel" A. Pinnock

January 13, 1974 ~ April 17, 2022 (age 48)


There is nothing more rewarding in life than to find yourself by losing yourself in service to others. Noel has been a compass to thousands of individuals, both young and seasoned, who leveraged his guidance and purpose-driven skills to advance both their careers and lives forward. Whether in the classroom as a former middle school teacher, graduate school professor, or community organizer, Noel found his life’s mission steeped in these spaces as a catalyst and a broker for others. Noel was a published author and recognized expert with over 25 years of experience in transforming underperforming companies into positions of prosperity and optimum value. He specialized in strategic, operational, and tactical services. As a nationally certified public manager, he was responsible for overseeing many large-scale organizational transformations.

Noel earned his Master of Public Administration from Texas Southern University in one of the first cohorts in the School of Public Affairs. He served the scholars, families, and communities in the Houston Independent School District for over 18 years before beginning his new journey with the City of Houston, where he was the first-ever African American and the youngest Chief Executive Learning Officer, overseeing the learning and development stock of over 22K employees. In 2014, Noel was tapped to lead former President Barack Obama’s national initiative, which quickly became a local movement in the City of Houston.

Under Noel's leadership, Houston's response to the former president's challenge progressed to be one of the most functional and comprehensive models across the country in a crowd of 200 active jurisdictions purposed to eliminate barriers and expand ladders of opportunities for youth, families, and communities. Noel was known for his creativity, energy, deep-rooted spiritually, motivational speaking and servant-leadership.

Noel is survived by his wife, Tiffany Pinnock for over 25 years; his son Noel Pinnock II; his daughter Nole’ Milan Pinnock; his granddaughter Alaya Jai Pinnock; his parents Maple & Debbie Pinnock; his brothers, Lowell Pinnock, Derrell Pinnock, Richard Pinnock & Dietrich Pinnock; his sister-n-laws Dyonna Pinnock & Kimberly Pinnock; his nephews Derrell Pinnock II, Phoenex Pinnock & Jalen Pinnock; his nieces Franchesca Pinnock, Thai Pinnock & Ashlie Pinnock.

NOTE: The venue has changed from Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Service to Bethel's Place Empowerment Center, 12660 Sandpiper Dr. Houston, TX 77035. 


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