Isa Gaillard

Isa Gaillard

Biography

Isa is pursuing a Master of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in Environmental Planning and Healthy Cities. He is passionate about addressing the fact that pollution, climate change, and urbanization disproportionately harm certain communities. Prior to moving to Berkeley, Isa studied public policy at the University of Michigan and worked with Native American communities across the state, developing an interest in indigenous perspectives and practices in relation to sustainability. While at Michigan, Isa received a Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award for his efforts engaging with diverse communities to promote cross-cultural collaboration. As a Graham Sustainability Scholar, he developed a proposal to combat university carbon emissions by planting old growth trees in a permaculture system. Upon moving to the Bay Area, Isa completed a one-year Environmental Justice Fellowship at the Center for Environmental Health based out of Oakland. He then worked on regional transportation issues and safe routes to schools programs at TransForm, a transportation planning and land-use management non-profit. As a Masters student, he completed a fellowship with the UC Berkeley Food Institute where he managed projects related to sustainable and just catering on campus and community engagement in campus land use decision making processes. In his current role with the San Francisco Planning Department, Isa works with advocacy groups, city planners, and policymakers to help design a framework for integrating environmental justice into the city’s general plan. He sees cities as living and breathing ecosystems, where there are infinite opportunities to strengthen connections between the seemingly disparate elements that make up our neighborhoods.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
2019
Academic Background:
University of California, Berkeley, MURP
Current Position:
Masters Candidate
Expertise:
Architecture & Urban Planning

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