Isabella Simone Alvarenga


Experienced Storyteller and Communicator


My Experience:

Communications Manager, Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

October 2018-Present

The Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) is a 102-year-old nonprofit providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities to immigrants, refugees and their families as they join the Bay Area community. As Communications Manager, I design and execute IIBA’s annual communications plan, in coordination with the Executive Director, manage IIBA’s website and social media, produce IIBA’s Annual Report and monthly e-newsletters, design and prepare sponsorship and marketing materials for events, and coordinate all contact with the Press.

Documentary Unit Intern, CNN

Spring 2016

I worked alongside Producers and Associate Producers at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia for four months in the Spring of 2016. I conducted research, transcribed and logged interviews, and helped obtain B-roll for a variety of CNN Documentaries.

National Security Reporter, Medill News Service

Fall 2016

In the lead-up to the 2016 Presidential Election, I served as a National Security Reporter for the Medill News Service (MNS), the Washington, DC Bureau of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. I reported on Capitol Hill, acting as a real-time reporter, filing stories from the field on tight deadlines, with updates throughout the day. I also regularly filed enterprise stories and produced video packages, utilizing Capitol Hill press credentials. I reported on the 2016 Vice Presidential debate in Farmville, Virginia for Public Radio International (PRI).

VIDEO: Here’s what Tim Kaine and Mike Pence’s people had to say after last night’s debate (Public Radio International)

Students in Virginia are ready to listen to–and judge–the VP Candidates (Public Radio International)

National security official: U.S. must keep building ties with India (UPI)

Isabella Alvarenga


Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Political Science; Magna Cum Laude

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University in 2017, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Political Science. During my time at Northwestern, I specialized in video/broadcast journalism.

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