Isabel Beltrán joined 100 Resilient Cities with over 10 years of experience in International Development. As Associate Director at 100 Resilient Cities, Isabel managed a portfolio of cities in Latin America and helped them develop comprehensive resilience strategies and implement projects to strengthen their resilience. In this role, she additionally coordinated 100 Resilient Cities and The Rockefeller Foundation’s response, along with a core group of philanthropic partners, in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria in late 2017. Resulting from this process was the creation of the Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission, an independent and inclusive body led by Puerto Ricans and designed to offer recommendations for how to use private, philanthropic, local government, and federal recovery dollars to repair and rebuild a stronger and more resilient island. Isabel now serves as a member of 100RC’s Resilience Finance team, she continues to help cities implement their resilience strategies and think strategically about resilience infrastructure investments; to accomplish the latter, she is managing the development of a resilience screen for infrastructure projects.
Prior to 100RC, Isabel worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., in both the Development Economics Research Group and at the Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation Initiative, where she contributed to the design and implementation of impact evaluations for projects in Latina America, Africa and Asia. She additionally gained extensive expertise in Latin America during her time at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). As part of the IADB’s Young Professionals program, Isabel lived in Peru and focused on the development and monitoring of a Country Strategy. She also spent four years in the IADB Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative in Washington, D.C., working with local governments to develop multisector, sustainable action plans; prioritize and advance interventions; and coordinate possible funding sources for their implementation.
Isabel holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from the Catholic University in Ecuador.