Isabel offers nearly twenty years of experience in urban economics, with broad expertise in technical analysis, project management, and business development. She has managed a wide spectrum of complex consulting assignments in the fields of public finance and real estate economics throughout Northern California, working on large-scale master plan communities, retail sites, business parks, and other projects.
Isabel’s comprehensive understanding of land-use economics also allows her to provide support on any number of other special assignments. Since launching New Economics, Isabel has been retained to assist with highly specialized property tax disputes, conduct fiscal studies of proposed new development, prioritize municipal infrastructure investments based on economic development objectives, analyze industrial market absorption, and undertake other specialized assignments. Isabel has also been retained to conduct due diligence for a bank considering a large master plan foreclosure, analyze the economics of downtown parkland requirements, assess the fiscal impacts of a planned voter initiative, and assist with a property tax dispute for highly specialized land uses.
Isabel has a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her time in Chicago, she volunteered as a community organizer for a non-profit housing entity, interned with a mutual housing organization, and assisted in various projects at one of the university’s urban research centers.
Isabel also has extensive international experience. She worked in the planning and economic development departments in Ferrara, Italy. In addition, as part of her bachelor’s degree in international politics and economics from Middlebury College, she earned a diplôme from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po). She lived in Paris for a year while completing this degree. She is fluent in Spanish and French, and also speaks conversational Italian.
Isabel has been an active community member since arriving in Sacramento in 2002. Activities include:
Lambda Alpha, Sacramento: Active Member since 2019
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Sacramento: Active member since 2001; Mission Advancement Chair, 2019-2021; Mentor, YLG Forums, 2018; Programs Committee member, 2013; Co-founder and member of the Young Leaders Group, 2003–2008;
Sacramento Valley American Planning Association (APA): Active member 2012-present; Programs Subcommittee member, 2012–2013
Building Industry Association (BIA): Active member 2016-present
Middlebury College: Northern California alumni interviewer, 2007–present