Noelani’s mission is to empower urban youth to further their education and own their future. Her passion stems from having experienced first-hand the impact community organizations can have on achieving one’s goals. As a National Urban Fellow, she intends to turn her commitment to first generation students into a career of building and leading initiatives that prepare them to enter and excel in college and beyond.

In the summer before high school, Noelani began her personal journey as a first generation student with college aspirations. After attending a month long college awareness program at Regis College and with the help of dedicated mentors, Noelani became committed to becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree. Since graduating from college, she has dedicated many professional and volunteer efforts to supporting Boston youth on achieving similar life defining goals.

Noelani is an active alumna and volunteer of Bottom Line, a Boston based non-profit. In this role, she is a member of the College Success Celebration committee, delivers mock job interviews to college undergraduates, and engages donors to raise funds for the organization. Having identified an opportunity to introduce Bottom Line students to the legal field, Noelani coordinated the first Nutter/Bottom Line Legal Forum, which brought attorneys and aspiring law students together for a question and answer session.

Noelani graduated from Boston College with Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Communications and holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Massachusetts.