Isake Smith is a Senior Associate at Luminary Labs. She approaches design, training, and growth through a human-centered lens, asking that organizations contend with the real meaning of diversity to develop solutions that are both inclusive and equitable.
Isake is informed and inspired by the challenges of school-based and sports-based youth development, education program management, and the legacy of grassroots organizing. Before joining Luminary Labs, Isake designed and coached rowing programs for youth, adult, and adaptive athletes. She went on to design and facilitate curricula through Girls Inc. of New York City, helping to launch Generation Giga Girls, a brand new statistics program for high schoolers. Most recently, Isake was a consultant on best practices for building culturally sustaining learning spaces and products with Langston League, where her clients included Google’s Code Next team, Medgar Evers College, and Pratt Institute.
A Brooklyn native, Isake is a Posse scholar and received a B.A. in Psychology from Lawrence University. She holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Organizational Development from The New School. Outside of work, Isake builds cosplays, speaks at fandom conventions, and sings in a competitive karaoke league, but is most regularly found watching science fiction and fantasy TV shows and movies while crocheting.