Noëlle Jen-ai Santos is a millennial, Afro-Latina, hailing from the Bronx in New York City. OK, this third-person mumbo is torture…

I’m Noëlle; representing the Bronx. I was born to Puerto Rican & stolen African parents and came of age in Soundview where my mother and step-father groomed me Black Panther & HGTV-style; lessons of Louis Farrakhan, Katie Brown, Tupac, Oprah, and Suze Orman fine-tuned me into the multifaceted woman you see today.

At age 16, I was a high school graduate living independently in Parkchester; and in 2008, I became a resident of Crotona Park East, where I reside today. My studies at The City University of New York-Lehman College earned me both a bachelor’s degree in business/accounting (2009) and a master’s degree in human resources management (2012). I also hold the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designations.

When I’m not working as the Director of Human Resources & Payroll (for a health IT & analytics firm), I’m exploring New York & abroad, operating my book club, Readers & Shakers, and striving towards opening the only independent bookstore in my borough. The Lit. Bar will be just as multifaceted as me: a bookstore/wine bar/community center in the Bronx. I dream of a graffiti & chandelier theme, much like my life.



New York Public Library/Citi Foundation- Second Place Winner: New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition