Janelle Zanoni grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a double major in Communications and French from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She put her French skills to work during a year abroad in Lyon, France where she discovered her passion for experiencing different cultures firsthand.                                                                                                                
Following graduation, she moved to Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands where she worked on a sail boat and experienced the relaxed island life for six months. The friendly people and beautiful surroundings were marvelous, but she was itching to start her career in hotels.                                

Early into her career as a hotelier in Silicon Valley, she set her sights on the Fairmont San Francisco. In 2010, she joined the Sales Team as a Sales Manager, exceeding her yearly goals for five years in a row. Janelle took on leadership roles with the Sustainability committee at the hotel facilitated the annual California Coastal Cleanup.                                                                          

In 2015, Janelle decided to leave of piece of her heart in San Francisco and venture to New York City for an opportunity at the iconic Plaza Hotel. She is thrilled to be able to experience both coasts. In 2017, she decided to try out a new hotel company and take on a promotion as the Director of Group Sales at the trendy W New York, which was the original W hotel in the world.                                                                
Just like most YTPers, she loves to travel! Her most recent adventure was through Southeast Asia - the highlight of which was making new friends and learning to cook in Chiang Mai.