2016 Impact-Maker to Watch: Isabel Rojas-Williams

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in the Tom Bradley room at Los Angeles City Hall, 25 members of the Los Angeles community were honored for their foundational work to make a positive impact in our city.

Isabel Rojas-Williams

...is strong voice for arts leadership and a cultural beacon for local and international arts visitors.
— Qathryn Brehm, Downtown Artwalk

Isabel has served as the Mural Conservancy Los Angeles (MCLA) Executive Director since 2011. A native of Chile and resident of Los Angeles since 1973, she became an immediate and passionate fan of the mural movement here. She is a longtime civic activist who served as Mayor Villaraigosa’s liaison to the Latino, the Asian, and the African American Heritage Committees. Isabel earned her graduate degree in art history from Cal State Los Angeles, and joined the faculty there in 2007. Among her numerous research works are “Los Angeles Street Mural Movement, 1930-2009,” her master’s thesis, and a research video on David Alfaro Siqueiros, “Siqueiros: A Muralist in Exile,” (exhibited at MOLAA 2010-2011), which led to her participation on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for the Siqueiros Mural and Interpretive Center project that was completed in 2012. Isabel had a major role in helping write the recent mural ordinance signed by Mayor Garcetti that has lifted the 2002 mural moratorium in Los Angeles. In October 2014, Los Angeles City Council honored Isabel Rojas-Williams as one of the fifteen “Latinas in the Arts” who has made an impact in the cultural landscape of Los Angeles.