Isabel Varela

Isabel Varela

Chief of Staff

Isabel is the Chief of Staff at Cook Ross. In her role, she works closely with the CEO to provide overall strategic and tactical management support, enabling the CEO and the executive team to achieve its business goals and strategic objectives.  This includes strategic planning, business management, internal communications, and cross-functional initiatives

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 has taken professional development and certificate programs at Harvard School of Continuing Studies, Georgetown University, the World Bank Institute, and University of California San Diego (UCSD). She graduated with a BA in Economics from Lisbon Technical University, Portugal (5-year program, equivalent to Master’s degree).

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