AREAs of expertise
Isabel Saffon joins Karp Strategies as a Consultant with a multidisciplinary background in community planning, urbanism and architecture. She is particularly interested in social impact and exploring actions to overcome socio-economic disparities through human centered design. Before joining Karp Strategies, Isabel collaborated with various community groups, non-profits, government agencies and design studios to inform policy and develop inclusive strategies of open-decision making. Recent work includes developing a playbook that demystifies governmental processes to activate public spaces for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, determining recommendations for how policy in Detroit can include historically under represented communities in the production of media and technology to generate more inclusive urban development processes, in Colombia, supporting a multidisciplinary research group to understand how policy can be improved to support peasant economies within the recently signed Peace Agreement between the government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) following Colombia’s armed conflict between government and guerilla groups.
Isabel is passionate about using clear analysis and visual communication to break down complex urban processes and communicate across different audiences. Isabel is known for bridging a systemic, whole-economy lens with hyper-local context, fostering collaboration, and recommending best practices and a tailored approach for the project at hand.
Isabel holds an MS in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons - The New School for Design and a professional degree in Architecture (Magna Cum Laude) from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia). She is a Community Planning Fellow at the Design Trust for Public Spaces.