Ms. LuSane is an actor and a singer who was most recently seen as Betty in All-American Girls: A Negro League of Their Own, Off-Broadway, various commercials, and on One Life to Live. Prior to pursuing an acting career, Ms. LuSane was in public service on Capitol Hill, the last four years of which she served as the Staff Director of the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, chaired by Congressman Donald M. Payne (NJ-10). In this capacity she drove the legislative agenda for the Subcommittee and the foreign affairs agenda of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Previously, as professional staff member of the Subcommittee and foreign affairs advisor to Congressman Payne, her regional portfolio included Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and the Middle East and her topical portfolio included conflict and post-conflict situations, human rights, global health, development, democracy and governance, State Department operations, and international organizations. Ms. LuSane co-founded the House Afro-Latino Staff Working Group whose objective is to shape U.S. policy toward Latin America according to the needs and conditions of Afro-Descendants.

Background

A resident of Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2010, Ms. LuSane received her Master’s in Education and Human Development with a focus on International Education from The George Washington University in 2008. She is a native of New Jersey where she studied Spanish and Anthropology at Douglass College of Rutgers University as a James Dickson Carr Scholar. She spent a year of study at the Universitat de Valencia in Spain. Ms. LuSane’s work and interests have taken her to Southern, East, West, and North Africa, South and Central America, the Caribbean, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Western and Southern Europe.

Honors and Awards: Noelle Lusane was featured in Forbes Magazines’ 40 Under 40 Leaders in International Development.