Paul DeNoon

Senior Advisor, Executive Education, Columbia Climate School


Paul DeNoon is a Senior Advisor to the Columbia Climate School bringing the knowledge and experience of the financial markets gained over a 35-year career as an analyst, portfolio manager and leader in corporate responsibility. He is also an advisor to the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, helping advance their mission of making rainforests worth more alive than dead. During a 28-year career at AllianceBernstein, he built the firm’s efforts in emerging market debt and lead its global, multi-sector, fixed-income investing team. After being named to the firm’s first Partner Class, Paul was asked to oversee the firmwide efforts in corporate responsibility, including Diversity & Inclusion, responsible investing, and corporate philanthropy. In that role he played an instrumental part in creating the partnership between Columbia and AllianceBernstein, which led to his former firm being the founding member of the Corporate Affiliate Program. In his current roles, Paul is focused on carbon markets and climate finance, hoping to bring healthy skepticism to the debate on how financial markets can help address the climate emergency. He received a BA in Economics from Union College and MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business.