Elizabeth A. Noonan
Elizabeth A. Noonan brings over fifteen years of experience in economic and community development with significant focus on real estate and community redevelopment and innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. Ms. Noonan joined the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership in 1998 and throughout her tenure, was responsible for developing the direction, strategy and structure of multiple economic and community development projects, ranging from implementation of a comprehensive redevelopment plan in Wellston, Missouri to the development of the Helix Center Biotech Incubator.
At the Partnership, Ms. Noonan first served in progressively more responsible roles in the real estate and community development division.Her real estate work included managing project pre-development activities, including planning, property acquisition, environmental remediation and demolition. She also supervised building and infrastructure improvement projects from design through construction. Additionally, she was responsible for researching, drafting and managing multiple federal state and private grants in support of these projects.
With a strong interest in innovation, Ms. Noonan next led the organization’s bioscience and technology initiatives and then served as vice president of the innovation and entrepreneurship division, with responsibility for leading the Partnership’s small business incubator network, its biosciences and technology investment fund, business plan competition and a range of collaborative innovation programs with community partners, particularly in the biosciences and technology sectors.
In 2014, Ms. Noonan joined SSM Health in the role of system vice president, innovation and learning to launch the organization’s first centralized innovation and learning division, responsible for developing and delivering clinical, innovation and process improvement education and for developing the health care system’s infrastructure for fostering employee innovation.
Previously, Ms. Noonan was in private practice with Weil, Gotshal and Manges, in Washington D.C., focusing primarily in the area of environmental law. Ms. Noonan holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University along with a J.D. and master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.