Our Board

Denise Castillo Dell Isola

Senior Program Officer

First Year with IHF


Focus Areas

Childhood Policy and Systems-Building, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health


J.D., Boston College Law School
B.A. in Political Science, DePauw University
Certificate of Advanced Study in Philanthropy, Loyola University Chicago

Denise Castillo Dell Isola is a Senior Program Officer at the Irving Harris Foundation where she advances the Foundation’s early childhood public policy agenda at the state and federal levels.  She manages grants and initiatives around early childhood mental health, early care and development, family engagement and support, and advocacy, public policy and systems-building.  She also participates on various policy and systems-building committees and subcommittees through the Illinois’ Early Learning Council.  In partnership with public and private sector stakeholders, Denise recently spearheaded the Foundation’s efforts to develop an action plan to better integrate early childhood mental health into Illinois’ child- and family-serving systems and is currently working to advance a statewide mental health consultation initiative. Before joining the Foundation, Denise served as the executive director of an early childhood center in Chicago and practiced law at DLA Piper LLP.