Isabel Boisvert was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, but grew up in La Grange Park, Illinois. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice Studies and a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. During her undergraduate time at the University of Arizona, Isabel was a member of the Criminal Justice Association Club where she learned about the various job opportunities within the Criminal Justice field.
Isabel is a graduate student at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law working towards obtaining her Masters of Legal Studies. Through this program, Isabel is enrolled in the Legal Paraprofessionals concentration, focusing on Criminal Law. Isabel has the goal of working in the legal field to help ensure everyone receives fair representation and equal treatment. In the future, Isabel hopes to become more involved in the Innocence Project which helps free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions, and create fair, compassionate and equitable systems of justice for everyone.
She has always been passionate about helping others which stems from her family. Her grandmother, Mary Joan Boisvert, was a community activist in Detroit in the 1950’s through the 1980’s, working on racial integration and urban economic development. Isabel’s grandmother opened her door to people who had nowhere else to go. She always told Isabel to help those in need, as it was something her grandmother was always passionate about. Isabel’s parents also volunteered for different nonprofits in the Midwest. All of her family’s experience giving back to the community taught her how to be kind to others and often encouraged her to make her own contributions to nonprofit organizations. Her father introduced her to a social organization in Chicago whose mission is to help the homeless population in the city by providing them food, clothing, vaccines, a safe place to stay, and different opportunities to help the homeless get back on their feet. Based on all of these examples and experiences she has had; Isabel’s moral beliefs are grounded in helping those in need.
Isabel first joined Amistades in the fall of 2021 because she was interested in learning the ins and outs of a nonprofit organization. She specifically wanted to intern for a Latino-led nonprofit organization to learn more about what they are doing to help the Latino population in Tucson. She began working as an intern with Project Coordinators, members of the Administrative Services team, and Executive Leadership. Isabel then primarily worked in Finance and Human Resources for the rest of the semester learning more about the business side of the agency. She then spent the spring 2022 semester studying abroad in Barcelona at the Institute for American Universities but came back in the summer of 2022 to complete another internship. Isabel continued to work in Finance and Human Resources proving needed relief to the Finance Manager and Chief Executive Officer. She signed on as a contractor for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters, expanding her scope of work to include working with the Board of Directors. Now Isabel is the Executive Services Coordinator where she works and supports the C-Suite and Board of Directors to maintain day to day operations in the areas of administration, communication and public relations, financial management, and board relation areas of the organization.
In her free time when she isn’t at the office, Isabel enjoys traveling the different cities, hanging out with her dogs Magnolia and Willow, staying active, and spending time with friends and family.