We believe that the best communities are hyper collaborative and inclusive.
Through our relationships with local artists, small businesses, musicians and nonprofits and cultural institutions, we are committed to amplifying voices and varying perspectives to foster shared value. Since 2011, Isenberg Projects has produced hundreds of projects, pushing over 1 million dollars into the hands of the local creative economy.
Isenberg Projects was founded in 2011 and in early 2020 was officially certified as a women owned business in the State of Massachusetts. We are an integrated team of community strategists, creatives, tastemakers, deal makers, producers and artists – all obsessed with culture and driven by insatiable curiosity.
Jennifer Emiko Kaplan
Community Impact Manager
As Community Impact Manager, Jennifer builds relationships with local organizations, grows IP’s community engagement practices, develops frameworks for civic and cultural programs tied to real estate development, and measures shared value created for both IP’s clients and partner organizations.
Jennifer is especially passionate when it comes to thinking of innovative ways to tackle equitable community development. When Jennifer isn’t working she loves exploring waterfront spaces and trying new restaurants, constantly on the search for a great bowl of ramen. She takes bookclub a little too seriously and is down for karaoke any time. Jennifer holds a BA in English Lit and Landscape Studies from Smith College and Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She currently lives in the North End.
Urban Planning + Design Coordinator
Temishi Onnekikami is the Urban Planning + Design Coordinator at IP. She works to uncover what the particular priorities, gaps, challenges, and strengths of a community are to inform our partners and create positive impact.
Temishi is passionate about fostering spaces for arts and culture in our communities and the built environment’s role in that process. After hours, you can find her perusing the local library shelves for her next great read and discovering new printmaking techniques.
Temishi studied Studio Art, and Urban Studies at Vassar College. She recently relocated from California and now lives in Brookline.
Design + Marketing
Senior Design Director
Madeline is the Senior Design Director at Isenberg Projects. From identity suites and marketing collateral to comprehensive digital campaigns and web design, she is a true visual storyteller.
With a passion for problem solving through visual design and building brand integrity, Madeline is responsible for crafting distinctive and impactful visuals that communicate a brand’s values across all touch points. Madeline combines her ability to translate and bring ideas to life with 10+ years of experience on in-house teams, and a whole lot of photoshop wizardry.
When Madeline is not in front of a computer you can find her exploring all of Boston’s best pop-up shops, Negroni spots, and nooks to watch the sunset.
Madeline received her degree in Graphic Communication from Millersville University. After 10 years in Boston, Madeline recently moved back to her hometown of Philadelphia.
Design + Marketing Coordinator
Anna Ferrari is the Design + Marketing Coordinator at Isenberg Projects. She helps keep a pulse on what’s cool in the digital, creative and Boston events world. Anna is passionate about queer representation in arts and music, and sustainable living. For fun, you can find her hitting the rock climbing gym, playing guitar, convincing her roommates to learn a dance routine, or biking around Boston!
Anna studied Integrated Marketing Communications and Graphic Design at Ithaca College and currently lives in Lower Allston.
Senior Account Manager
As the Senior Account Manager at IP, Stud leads projects to keep them running smoothly, manage workflow, and build lasting relationships with clients and vendors. With over 10 years experience working in operations with small businesses and nonprofit organizations, Stud brings a broad base of business management and advocacy to our practice. Outside of work, Stud keeps active surfing, hiking, and playing music.
Stud holds a Bachelors of Music from Berklee College of Music and lives in Jamaica Plain.
Sam is a project manager, an events guru and an action oriented dynamo. At IP, Sam leads with enthusiasm, energy, and creativity to mold the client’s visions into reality. Sam brings a decade of theatre production, acting, and directing experience to IP, leading her to create dynamic, engaging programs for our clients and the neighborhoods they operate in. Sam’s organization, attention to detail, and inventiveness are visible in everything she touches. Outside of work, don’t be surprised to find her exploring Boston’s newest hotspots, restaurants, or events (or you might just catch her at a bakery searching for Boston’s greatest almond croissant).
Samantha received her B.A from Emerson College in Theater Studies. She currently resides in Lower Mills.
Jenny Nguyen is the Project Coordinator at IP. She is responsible for organizing, researching, and coordinating multiple IP projects at once. Jenny is constantly looking into ways to incorporate local creatives into her work as well as uplifting voices from those in her community.
Outside of IP work, you can find her enjoying meditative walks, taking care of her houseplants, and catching up on the Sopranos. A surprise to many but a passion for Jenny includes collecting sneakers + styling. She’s been collecting sneakers since she was 14 years old and now has over 80 pairs of sneakers.
Jenny studied Communication at UMass Boston and currently resides in Dorchester.
Strategy + Operations
President + Chief Creative Officer
Emily is a creative force in place based work, As Founder and President, Emily Isenberg has led the creative vision and framed commitment to neighborhood scale since IP’s inception. Emily’s dedication to connecting people to ideas, and places has been a lifelong passion.
Drawing on over 15 years of social design, community engagement, marketing and production, Emily has overseen and lead creative activations, engagement programs and pop-ups for large-scale corporations, institutions, universities, and brands in both the public and private sectors across the country.
As a leader, Emily focuses on the intersection of real estate strategy and designed experience for the activation of great public spaces. Often working at multiple scales as a translator between with both private and public clients, she works to develop aspirational yet sustainable and implementable solutions.
When Emily isn’t at work, she’s riding one of her vintage road bikes to Cambridge coffee shops, or to check out local art and cultural experiences in basements, bars and museums alike.
Emily holds a BA in Marketing and Communications from Lesley University, has served as a Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program, is currently a contributor to Forbes magazine, and is occasionally as a part time contributor/ teacher to class rooms around the Boston area that have included (Boston University, Harvard University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design).
Vice President, Director of Operations
As the Vice President of Isenberg Projects, Liz leads our strategic practice and concept development that incorporate new models of collaboration, with the goal to guide future urban development. She is driven by her curiosity for how art and culture can support the liveability and economy of our cities. As a part of that curiosity, Liz aims to challenge the way people gather together, using data to expose hidden patterns and unlock opportunities to build more inclusive and engaging public places. Liz has been with Isenberg Projects since 2016 and has worked in place based work for the past 8 years, in both rural communities out West and large cities and institutions in the Northeast. She believes that every community is a unique ecosystem that benefits participation and creativity in order to make cities more open, inclusive and democratic.
Outside of IP, you can usually find Liz hiking mountains, planning epic backpacking trips, or putting her Master Gardener skills to the test in her flowerbed.
Liz holds a BS in Business from Endicott College and a degree from New England School of Photography. She lives in Jamaica Plain.
CLIENTS + BRANDS
We work with an array of clients ranging from larger development groups, cultural institutions, cities and neighborhoods, to small businesses and brands.