Isela Gracian

President | East LA Community Corporation


Isela Gracian serves as 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. Her immigrant parents inculcated strong roots and links to their cultural traditions. This is now a hallmark of her leadership, infusing ELACC’s organizational principles with cultural practices to forge staff unity and celebrate what binds them to their community.

Isela has over a decade working to advance development accountable to marginalized residents, developing affordable housing and leading local policy campaigns. 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. 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 and is a National Advisory Board member to the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge. She is a hard working mom to her creative and adventurous daughter, Isis.