Isela joined ELACC in 2004, and previous to her role as president, was ELACC’s Vice President of Operations for nearly five years. A graduate of UC Davis, Isela began with ELACC as coordinator for a job training program and in her 12 years of service since, has held various progressive positions, including Director of Community Organizing. She has led the organization’s strategic and operational planning efforts since 2010, along with program oversight for all ELACC departments. The California Women's Foundation recognized Isela for her thought-leading work formulating solutions to community issues by appointing her a California Women's Policy Institute Fellow in 2006/2007. She currently serves on various boards, including Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Political Education (SCOPE) and the California Reinvestment Coalition. Isela is distinguished as an authority among Los Angeles area equitable community development and anti-displacement leadership.