Isabelle Yisak
Program Manager, Creative Reaction Lab

"Why?" and "What if?" are the top questions that drive Isabelle Yisak's work in the social sector. Ever curious about the interplay between raising individuals' creative confidence and collective action, she hopes to collaborate with others in reshaping social systems and addressing social disparities intentionally, explicitly, and comprehensively. At Creative Reaction Lab, she serves as the Program Manager to support the mission of educating, training, and challenging Black and Latinx youth to become leaders in designing healthy and racially-equitable communities.

Prior to joining Creative Reaction Lab, Isabelle co-created a fellowship program for K-12 teachers to address issues of racial inequity in their own school communities. In Chicago, she worked with sustainability-focused organizations and efforts to build regional resilience to climate change. Additionally, as a college student she co-founded and served as the Chief Strategist of Kaya Collaborative, a nonprofit that aims to inspire, educate, and mobilize youth in the Philippine diaspora as partners in long-term, locally-led social change in the Philippines.

She earned her B.A. from Brown University with time spent abroad studying Urban Design in Copenhagen. Her academic career was the marriage of her interests in the built environment and cultural anthropology, and she is continually looking to expand her knowledge and hear people's stories.