Isabella Gambill joined A Better City in April 2019 as the Policy Advisor on Climate, Energy, & Resilience. In this role, she works within the Energy and Environment Unit to move policy agendas forward at the city and state levels in Massachusetts and is working to ensure that the voices of the Boston business community are represented in climate policy discussions.
Prior to joining A Better City, Isabella was a Policy Officer for the Secretariat to the United Nations’ Biodiversity Law and Governance Initiative (BLGI) and participated in the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt in November 2018.
Previously, her professional experiences include various policy and research positions. Isabella spent four years working in both international and domestic conservation policy at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA. While at the Lincoln Institute, Isabella was a founding member of two conservation networks: the local Academics for Land Protection in New England Network (ALPINE), as well as the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN). Isabella also has research experience with an emphasis on climate finance, as her master’s dissertation focused on carbon and biodiversity offsets and offsetting policy in the United Kingdom. With interests in environmental justice, business and biodiversity, and multi-sector partnerships, Isabella is passionate about how to move bold climate policy measures forward in an equitable, inclusive, and effective ways as possible. After spending several years focusing on international environmental policy, Isabella is excited to bring her global perspective back to Boston, her hometown, to protect and prepare our city for the impacts of climate change.
She is a Board of Visitors and Young Leaders Council (YLC) Steering Committee member at Fenway Health, where she volunteers to help bring community healthcare to Boston’s most vulnerable and underserved populations. Isabella holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College, and a Masters in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.