Michelle De La Isla:
Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation; Mayor, City of Topeka, Kansas
Michelle is currently the Mayor of the City of Topeka, Kansas, and she will complete her term in December 2021. Her experience and passion for service are evident from her career trajectory. From CFO of a nonprofit financial assistance program for low-income families to Executive Director of Topeka Habitat for Humanity and Supplier Diversity Manager of a Fortune 500 public utility, De La Isla brings proven leadership and a deep perspective of how to bring strong solutions for government adoption and knows what it means to drive impact at scale. She incorporates voices and perspectives of the public sector and brings to Draper Richards Kaplan portfolio organizations a unique insight on how their solutions can be best adopted by governments, municipalities, and local communities. As a Managing Director of the Foundation, Michelle De La Isla leads DRK’s Midwest presence building partnerships, sourcing new investments, and working with the leadership of those organizations as an operating partner and board member as they grow to build capacity and achieve their maximum impact.