Isela Gracian, President

Since 2015, Isela Gracian has been President of East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), a social and economic justice community development organization on LA’s Eastside. Growing up, she experienced first-hand the leadership skills for which she would later have renown by modeling her mother’s commitment to collective decision making and emphatic resolve to work together to manage family struggles. As immigrants, her parents inculcated strong roots and links to their cultural traditions, which is now a hallmark of her leadership, infusing ELACC’s organizational principles with her cultural practices to forge staff unity and celebrate what binds them to their community. The skills she honed as a young mujer served as a foundation that was further developed through her time at UC Davis where she received her BA and embarked on her path to working alongside residents for equity in immigrant communities. Isela now has over a decade working to advance development accountable to marginalized residents that does not displace the lowest-income families. Recognized through her work at ELACC as a distinguished authority among Southern California community development leadership, Isela serves on various boards, including Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Political Education (SCOPE) and the California Reinvestment Coalition. She is also a National Advisory Board member to the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC).

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