About Isenberg Projects

Founded in 2011, Isenberg Projects is a creative consulting agency based in Boston that specializes in place-based work and community engagement. We provide creative public realm advisory throughout the lifespan of a real estate project, helping to solve the complex challenges that reside at the intersection of community, business operations, and the built environment.

We work alongside clients to uncover an engagement plan that brings the most shared value — to a neighborhood, community, the City at large, and the various teams involved in building. We believe that the best communities are hyper collaborative and inclusive.

In every project we undertake, we strive to funnel as much of the production budgets to small minority owned businesses as we possibly can. Through our relationships with cities, districts, developers, artists, small businesses, musicians, nonprofits, and cultural institutions, we are committed to amplifying voices and varying perspectives to foster shared value and active places.

Our Team

Isenberg Projects was founded in 2011 and is a certified 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. We pride ourself on producing logistically complicated solutions that lead to a more engaging, more inclusive, and a more equitable Boston. 

Jennifer Emiko Kaplan, AICP

Community Impact Manager

BIO

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.

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 Somerville.

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Max Frank

Urban Planning + Design Coordinator  

BIO

Max Frank is the Urban Planning and Design Coordinator at IP, researching and strategizing ways to make public spaces more inclusive, engaging, and fun as part of the Community Impact Team. He is passionate about public space and making spaces for people to be outside whether in cities, parks, or wilderness.

Outside of IP, Max loves supporting small businesses in Somerville and going to the movies at the Brattle Theater.

Max earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas. He currently lives in Somerville.

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Samantha Bestvina

Account Manager

BIO

Sam is a project manager, a wizard of events, 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 Middleborough.

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Elizabeth Ponce

Associate Account Manager

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Elizabeth is the Art + Event Producer at IP, She works with clients, artists and vendors to bring people together through activated spaces, programs, and events. She is particularly passionate about providing a space for marginalized artists to learn, grow and stand in the spotlight.

Outside of IP, you can find Elizabeth checking out new exhibitions at art museums and galleries and at the movies with a bucket of popcorn.

Elizabeth studied Fashion & Art Media and Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. She currently lives in Dorchester.

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Jenny Nguyen

Community Event Producer

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Jenny is the Project Coordinator at IP. From researching new artists, building relationships with vendors, and assisting in on ground production, she keeps the show on the road. Jenny is passionate about supporting the local creative scene and creating connections between different community members in fun and innovative ways.

Outside of IP, you can find her enjoying long walks around Boston, taking care of her overgrown monstera plant, and freshening up her birding skills.

Jenny studied Communication at UMass Boston and currently resides in Everett.

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Gina Lindner

Public Art Producer

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Gina Lindner is the Public Art Producer at IP, working with artists, clients, and collaborators to make public art activations happen across the city. She is passionate about public art, community engagement, and sustaining the arts ecosystem here in Boston. Her work both inside and outside IP prioritizes compassion and functions on the principles of inclusion, belonging, and accessibility.

Outside of IP, Gina is always catching the latest local art shows and diving into her own artistic, written, and curatorial passion projects. In the warmer months, you’ll find her foraging at outdoor markets, biking, hiking, and camping out for the sunsets.

Gina earned her BFA from MassArt in Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) and Art History. She currently lives in Somerville.

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Lauren Stephenson

Creative Placemaking + Event Producer

BIO

As a Creative Placemaking and Event Producer, Lauren works closely with creatives and fellow producers to ensure projects run smoothly. Her production style centers around teamwork, close communication, and an eye on detail.

With a wealth of experience in client services and live event production in New York City, Lauren is poised to create joyful and creative experiences for the Boston community. Her approach to event production is heavily inspired by her passion for transforming spaces, hosting, entertaining, and experiencing live music.

In her free time, Lauren is chasing the “coastal grandma” aesthetic, playing tennis with her fiancé, or keeping up to date with the latest Bravolebrity scandals.

Lauren graduated from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a focus on Media Studies and currently lives in Scituate, MA.

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Izzy DeFilippo

Studio Coordinator

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As a Studio Coordinator, Izzy enhances project development through research and sourcing. She keeps our work and the studio running smoothly. Izzy approaches projects with curiosity, positive energy and a keen eye for detail.

In her free time, Izzy loves to be active and explore the outdoors through skiing or going on long walks. She also loves thrifting and being immersed in a good book.

Izzy graduated Trinity College with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and French. She’s currently living in Milton.

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Molly Kalan

Director of Marketing

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As the Director of the Marketing & Design department, Molly Kalan works at the intersection of creativity and strategy. She’s a team leader with over a decade of experience in ideating and managing community-oriented placemaking efforts and multi-channel creative campaigns.

Molly has always been enamored with cities—the energy, people, buildings, and signage that make up the urban landscape. She is passionate about fostering community connections through placemaking and design, believing that the most authentic experiences often stem from giving a platform to local artists and entrepreneurs.

Outside of work, you can find her biking around Boston, catching as much live music as possible, traveling to new places, and seeking out the best natural wine bars.

Molly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Villanova University and a Master’s in Media Studies from Syracuse University. She currently lives in Union Square.

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Madeline Jacobson

Senior Designer

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Madeline is the Senior Designer 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 admiring public art, exploring new cities, and seeking out the best places to watch the sun set.

Madeline received her degree in Graphic Communication from Millersville University. After 10 years in Boston, Madeline recently moved back to her hometown of Philadelphia.

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Anna Ferrari

Designer

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Anna is a Designer at Isenberg Projects. With a keen eye for creative and digital trends, she keeps her clients ahead of the curve, and makes sure they shine. Passionate about the power of art to foster human connection, she infuses this philosophy into each project she takes on while enriching Boston’s creative landscape. Since graduating in 2019, she’s been immersed in the agency world, exploring the vast realm of design, branding, and art direction.

Beyond work, Anna finds joy in writing and performing music, hosting friend-filled dinner parties, bonding with cats, and exploring the beautiful city by bike. Anna holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications and Graphic Design from Ithaca College and lives in Somerville.  

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Allison Finney

Director of Operations

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Allison Finney is the Director of Operations at IP, overseeing internal and external systems for managing the flow of information, financial performance, stakeholder services, and overall operations. After managing concert venues for over a decade, she thrives under pressure in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.

Throughout her career in the concert industry, her accolades include launching The Stage at Suffolk Downs, managing the opening of Roadrunner, and running venues across New England.

Outside of work you can find her snowboarding, cooking, catching a concert, and serving on the Board of Directors at Hope House Boston.

Allison holds a BA in Communications with a minor in Music Industry and currently resides in Chelsea.

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Liz Woodward

Principal + Director of Strategy

BIO

As a Principal and Director of Strategy at 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.

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Emily Isenberg

Founder + Creative Director

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Emily is a creative force in place based work, As Founder and Creative Director, 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).

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We work with an array of clients ranging from development groups, cultural institutions, cities and neighborhoods, to small businesses.

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