Isabel has extensive experience implementing frameworks for participatory planning and direct democracy. Before joining HSC, Isabel worked at the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) where she helped cities design processes that allowed community members to directly decide on how to spend public money. Here, Isabel developed innovative and accessible tools and workshops that she used with community members in several North American cities to ensure their local expertise was effectively used to put forward the ideas that best met their city’s needs.
Isabel holds a Masters of Planning from the University of Toronto. It was during her years as a student, while she researched and worked for affordable housing providers, that she noticed the gaps created when community members are left out of the policy and decision-making process. Isabel is excited to continue to transform the ways in which cities make decisions by engaging community members in the urban planning process.