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America On Tech


Jessica Santana is one of the co-founders and CEO of America On Tech (AOT), a national organization on a mission to prepare the next generation of technology leaders in order to decrease the racial wealth gap in underestimated communities. AOT provides students with access to the development, mentoring, networking and professional experiences that prepare them for degrees and/or careers in technology. Their work has been featured in major media outlets such as Forbes, CNN, Wells Fargo, Sirius XM Radio, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, BET, Black Enterprise, AlleyWatch and The Network Journal. Prior to AOT, Santana worked as a technology consultant for global brands such as JPMorgan Chase, Accenture and Deloitte. She has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and NYN 40 Under 40 Rising Stars list. She is an Ashoka Emerging Innovator, Pahara Institute Next-Gen Leader, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, former Entrepreneur in Residence at General Assembly, Wells Fargo Millennial Activist, Camelback Ventures Social Innovation Fellow, Points of Light Civic Accelerator Entrepreneur, 4.0 Schools Launch Entrepreneur, JPMorganChase Global Enterprise Technology Leader, Morgan Stanley Emerging Leader, Deloitte Future Leaders Apprentice​ and one of 50 Visionary Women L​eaders to Watch by Innov8t​iv Magazine. Santana was also one of the inaugural technology anchors on Univision. ​In 2020, City and State named her a Brooklyn Hero for her work in the community during COVID-19 and Causeartist named her 1 of 37 social entrepreneurs to watch. Santana has presented and spoken to over 100 different audiences that include SXSW Edu, TechCrunch, Google for Entrepreneurs, White House, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg. Her commitment to philanthropy and community engagement is evidenced by her world travels and work in parts of Europe, China and South America to work with nonprofits, private companies and social enterprises that better local communities and economies. She graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting and Information Technology from Syracuse University. She has also obtained her Executive Education in Social Enterprise from Columbia Business School.

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