Meet Our Team: Isabella

Isabella Padilla is the new Communications & Graphic Design Intern for the Shot@Life campaign this summer. Learn more about her in this Q&A!

What drew you to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation?

I have been interested in design since I began college, and through architecture, I began learning more about global sustainability and public health. This drew me to begin working as a graphic designer at the  Office of Health Promotion at the University of Virginia, where I found a passion for working with public health and graphic design. Since then, I have been looking for ways to use design in order to make a positive impact in the field of public health. Shot@Life was the perfect opportunity to do so, and I am so excited to join Shot@Life this summer!

Where are you from, where are you in school, and what are you studying?

I am from Springfield, Virginia, and I just graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in Architecture and a minor in Global Sustainability.

Can you briefly describe your previous work, intern, or volunteer experiences?

Before working with Shot@Life, I worked at the University of Virginia Office of Health Promotion as a graphic designer. In this position, we aimed to promote public health and wellbeing among students through infographics, social media posts, and other design materials.

What excites you most about being part of the Shot@Life campaign and what are you most looking forward to this semester?

I am most excited about engaging with public health as a designer, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m really looking forward to being creative and creating designs that engage people with Shot@Life’s goals. I’m also very excited to work in a team environment, and to learn from others this summer!

What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?

I think the biggest challenge for vaccine advocacy is access to trustworthy information. Especially during the pandemic, there has been a lot of misinformation floating around, and for many people, it has been difficult to determine what is true and what is not. Moving forward, I think it is important for messaging about vaccines to be clear, straightforward, and accurate.

Do you have any fun facts that our Champions may not know about you?

During the pandemic, I found out that I love to cook! My roommates and I even started an Instagram account dedicated to the food that we make.

  • Isabella Padilla is the Communications and Graphic Design Post-Grad Intern for Shot@Life this summer. She just graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2021 with a major in Architecture and a minor in Global Sustainability. Throughout her time at the University of Virginia, she worked at the UVA Office of Health Promotion, where she...