Julia TaylorDeputy Operations Officer and Managing Director of Community Planning & Development
Julia Taylor, AICP oversees organization-wide finance and capital projects, including the Social Profit Center at Mill One. As Managing Director, Julia is responsible for a cross-functional team of nearly 20 professionals who foster positive neighborhood change through community planning and plan implementation, real estate development, and urban agriculture.
Julia works closely with the City of Trenton and local and regional leaders, and represents Isles in numerous collaborative efforts related to neighborhood revitalization, community and economic development, and food and health. She earned a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in History with a Certificate in American Studies from Princeton University.
Kelly MarkerReal Estate Development Project Manager
Kelly recently joined the team in February 2018. With a background in real estate development and administration, she assists with project management at Mill One, including construction, marketing, programming, and leasing. Kelly was drawn to Isles’ Social Profit Center model and has an M.A. in Historical & Sustainable Architecture from NYU London, specializing in the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and urban revitalization. She also has a B.A. in Managerial Economics from Allegheny College.
Founded in 1981, Isles, Inc. is a nonprofit group created to develop cost effective, powerful ways to strengthen people and places in challenging urban settings. Isles’ mission is to foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities.
As part of a local redevelopment strategy, we acquired Mill One as an abandoned, historic, 130,000 square foot former textile mill on the Trenton-Hamilton border. We fell in love with the building’s rich history and striking architectural features: high ceilings, massive timber framing, plenty of natural light; Mill One was built to last.
Our vision for the Social Profit Center at Mill One is to bring together public interest nonprofit and arts spaces, private businesses, and 45 units of housing under one roof, for the benefit of all. With the right mix of tenants and partners, centers like this can create authentic, one-of-a kind spaces and catalyze redevelopment of the surrounding community.
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