Born in Philadelphia, Isabelle graduated from the University of Chicago in 2020 with a degree in History and a minor in Human Rights. While at school, she wrote her B.A. Honors thesis on the insularity of Korean food within the U.S. as connected to U.S. perception of the Korean "Forgotten" War and in broader conversation with factors of imperialism, racism, and food scarcity. Last summer, Isabelle interned with the organization Real Food Media, where she helped run digital communications across multiple platforms to highlight the work of partners of the Good Food Purchasing Programming combating food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously worked at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and at the International Rescue Committee; experiences that emphasized the necessity of situating those on the periphery as partners in community-building, research, writing, and considerations about policy.
Field placement: Oregon Food Bank
Isabelle is currently completing her field work at the Oregon Food Bank (OFB) in Portland, Oregon. Her work centers on developing a strategic plan for a coalition of farmer and food systems leader training programs in the Portland metro and adjoining areas focused on Black, Indigenous and People of Color growers. The strategic plan aims to detail both existing programming and resource gaps, as well as opportunities for collaboration and growth within the coalition. Isabelle's efforts in Portland are supported by Zenger Farm, Mudbone Grown, and Ecotrust, among others.