Meet Our Staff


Lauren Noble

Founder & Executive Director

Lauren Noble is the founder and executive director of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale, which she started as a senior in college. She graduated from Yale University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in history. From 2011 to 2012, Noble worked as a research analyst and communications writer for Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. There, she drafted press releases and op-eds for national and regional publications. 


She is the recipient of the National Association of Scholars' 2013 Barry R. Gross Memorial Award for academic reform. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, and other outlets. She serves on the board of the Stuttering Foundation of America. 


Isabelle Hargrove

Director of Development

Isabelle Hargrove is the Director of Development for the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale since November 2021. She graduated from the Claremont Colleges with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1986 and from Columbia University with a master’s in business administration in 1992.


Originally from France, Hargrove was a New York based fashion executive for 20 years and the founder of Connecticut Luxury Associates, a boutique consulting company she managed for 8 years. She resides in Norwalk, Connecticut with her three children where she is an active community leader. She is also a graduate and a member of the board of advisors of the Charter Oak Leadership Program.


Ari Schaffer

Communications Director

Ari Schaffer is the Communications Director for the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale. He previously served as Chief of Staff and  Communications Director for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Before joining Secretary Raffensperger's office,  Ari worked in communications for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. 

Ari lives in West Hartford and is originally from New Jersey. He lives with his wife, Marissa, and their daughter. 


Misty Giffin

Administrative Assistant

Misty recently is the Administrative Assistant for the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale. She relocated to Connecticut from Southern California and brings with her 25 years of office administration and management experience with her. She is well known for her event planning and catering abilities and is often requested to assist in coordination of major events.


Madeleine Gee

Programs Associate

Madeleine Gee is the Programs Associate for the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale. She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2019 where she studied Political Philosophy. Previously, she worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Hertog Foundation and is also an alumna of their Political Studies Program.  


Vienna Scott

Development Associate

Vienna Scott is the development associate for the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale. She graduated from Yale University in 2021 with Political Science and Religious Studies majors. She is now continuing her education as a student at Yale Divinity School studying Religion and Literature.