Isabelle Heilman

UCSD GPS
Class of 2019

Isabelle Heilman is pursuing a Master in Public Policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Environment, Economics, & Politics and Spanish. As a senior, she received the Best Overall Student Award from the Modern Languages and Literatures department, and her thesis “A Policy Proposal to Confront the Effects of Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector of Jalisco, Mexico”(written in Spanish) was awarded the 2013 Best Undergraduate Paper Prize by the Society of Policy Scientists. After graduating, Isabelle received a Fulbright-García Robles scholarship and pursued a research project in Guadalajara, Mexico focused on multi-sector collaboration in the creation of state climate change action plans. Upon returning to the United States, she worked on the training and marketing teams at Medallia, a software company in Palo Alto.

After concluding her studies at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, Isabelle plans to pursue a career in climate change policy, with a focus on citizen engagement in the policy process. In her free time, she enjoys running, indoor cycling, and supporting University of Arizona athletics, especially basketball.