Isabella Arbelaez

Manager, Individual Giving

2019
Massachusetts

As Manager of Individual Giving, Isabella cultivates, develops, and strengthens relationships with TFA supporters to build a coalition of communities committed to advancing TFA's vision and mission. She is responsible for developing regional strategies to achieve quarterly and yearly fundraising goals, identifying donor prospects in Nashville and Chattanooga, aligning important messaging on regional impact, and maintaining and cultivating strong donor relationships. She works in close partnership with the external affairs team, board leadership, and the Executive Director to advance the institutional strength of the organization.

After graduating from Duke University in 2019, Isabella knew that she wanted to work towards equity, and as the daughter of Colombian immigrants she particularly wanted to support the success of migratory communities. These aspirations led her to the TFA Corps in Massachusetts in 2019, where she taught high school English learners in the Greater Boston area.

As she considered the pathways through which she could continue to make an impact Isabella decided to leverage her voice and her experiences in the classroom to increase awareness of education inequity with community members who were looking for ways to support education. She joined Teach For America staff and returned to her home state of Tennessee in 2021.
In this role, Isabella oversees our portfolio of regional individual donors, including Board members, Nashville Aspiring School Leaders Fellowship (NASLF) supports, and donor prospects. She is responsible for developing regional strategies to achieve quarterly and yearly fundraising goals, identifying donor prospects in Nashville and Chattanooga, aligning important messaging on regional impact, and maintaining and cultivating strong donor relationships. She works in close partnership with the external affairs team, Board leadership, and the ED to advance the institutional strength of the organization.

Isabella Arbelaez
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Key Responsibilities
Determines and manages TFA's strategy for cultivating and stewaring invidual donors and champions
Supports TFA's stewardship of the regional board of advisors