Danielle Isbell began her work with Essential Partners during graduate school at Boston University, where she studied Religion & Conflict Transformation while earning her Master of Theological Studies. A member of the inaugural class of EP fellows, she joined the organization as an Associate in 2019.
Her dialogue and community engagement work stretches beyond her educational background and includes projects on economic development, innovation, design thinking, recidivism, and education. Danielle has experience working with international groups, in higher education, in interfaith settings, and with business leaders. She also launched a podcast called Godcast, a program that empowers guests to investigate the intersection of their religious experiences and identity.
Danielle grew up just outside of Seattle, WA, but now resides in Kansas City, MO, where she works at the regional Chamber of Commerce tackling issues on both sides of the state line. As part of the Civic & Community Initiatives team, she spends most of her time addressing the greatest problems facing the Kansas City region with key stakeholders—especially regarding education and economic development. Her belief in the importance of fostering space, contemplation, and questions without answers is complemented by her dedication to efficiency, effective collaboration, and time management. She is working on using these modes simultaneously both in life and as a facilitator.
Danielle continues to be humbled by the long-lasting effects of dialogue to foster new ways of being in community.