Isabel Varela

Isabel Varela

Project Manager

In her role as Project Manager, Isabel serves as liaison with Cook Ross’ clients and internal teams to ensure successful implementation of diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, Unconscious Bias, and leadership development programs.

Isabel has a background in international relations, diplomacy, and social and economic development. Prior to Cook Ross, she spent 6 years at the Embassy of Cabo Verde, in Washington, DC, as Special Assistant to the Ambassador and Public Affairs Officer.

She has lived in Portugal, Canada, and the US, working and volunteering with organizations focused on social justice and poverty alleviation, including the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability, Oxfam Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. She is highly passionate about women’s issues.

Isabel holds a professional certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University, and has taken professional development courses at Harvard School of Continuing Studies, Georgetown University, the World Bank Institute, and University of California San Diego (UCSD). She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lisbon Technical University, Portugal.

Her native language is Portuguese, and she speaks fluent English, French, and Spanish, and Creole. Isabel is a native of the Cabo Verde islands.