Meet The Arabella Team

Elisa Gilson

Program Associate

Elisa Gilson is a program associate on the Managed Organizations team. She provides financial, compliance, programmatic, and operational support for a portfolio of projects within the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity managed by Arabella. Her portfolio consists of several fiscally sponsored and grant-making projects focused on a wide range of issues, including environmental advocacy, civic engagement, education, and health.

Prior to joining Arabella, Elisa served as grants manager for ioby, a nonprofit crowdfunding platform for neighborhood projects. At ioby, she managed a portfolio of foundations, streamlined its grants management system, and provided development leadership to spearhead new philanthropic partnerships for large match-fund campaigns focused on health and green infrastructure. Previously, Elisa supported fundraising and research to address language inequities in health care at Transcendent Endeavors, a startup incubator. While obtaining her MS, she supported local government initiatives in New York City to make food access policy for children and teens more inclusive.

Elisa graduated from The New School with a MS in environmental policy and sustainability management, and obtained her BS in biology at the University of British Columbia.

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