Kara Isbaella


The Neighborhood 360° Fellows program pairs community organizers and planners with New York City community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to facilitate increased collaboration between local stakeholders around impactful economic development initiatives. Fellows serve as on the ground resources connecting local businesses, jobseekers and CBDOs to NYC Department of Small Business Services’ programs. Additionally, Fellows participate in a series of supplemental seminars and excursions focused on professional development and commercial revitalization.

Kara Isabella is a designer from Cleveland, Ohio, but has called the Lower East Side home since 2014. She recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts with her MFA in Design for Social Innovation. For her thesis Kara created Backyard Lots, a program that transforms vacant lots into safe and convenient recreational outlets for the youth of Slavic Village (Cleveland, OH). Kara has worked in the marketing departments for Ann Taylor and American Greetings and has also worked for UNICEF where she created the brand and narrative for UNICEF's new Policy Planning Unit. Currently, Kara works with Two Bridges Neighborhood Council through the NYC Department of Small Business Services as a Neighborhood 360° Fellow.

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