Born in Santiago, Chile, Isabel Rojas-Williams has lived in Southern California since 1973 and has actively studied, documented, and lectured on the social-political art movements of Los Angeles. She has taught art history at California State University, Los Angeles, where she earned her Master’s degree, and has been the curator of multiple exhibitions documenting the city’s rich legacy of urban art.
Among her many professional accomplishments is the inclusion of her thesis "Los Angeles Street Mural Movement, 1930-2009" in the research archives of Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in México City. Rojas-Williams has received numerous awards for her curatorial, civic, and creative contributions to Los Angeles. In 2009, Rojas-Williams was appointed as an advisor for the “Siqueiros Interpretative Center” and served as Mayor Villaraigosa's art liaison (2009-2013) to the Latino Heritage Committee, African American Committee, and Asian American Committee. She is also the vice president of Los Angeles-Mexico Sister Cities program.
In 2010, Rojas-Williams’ video "Siqueiros: a Muralist in Exile," which includes her research on murals from the United States, Argentina, and Chile, was exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art, as part of the Siqueiros Paisajista/Siqueiros: Landscape Painter exhibition. The video was honored by Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera for documenting the artistic connection between Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda and Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. The Pablo Neruda Foundation has also added her research on Siqueiros to their archives.
In her role as the Executive Director of The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, Rojas-Williams had a major role in the crafting of the mural ordinance signed by Mayor Garcetti 2013, which lifted the 2002 mural moratorium on private property in Los Angeles. In October 2014 the Los Angeles City Council honored Isabel Rojas-Williams as one of the fifteen "Latinas in the Arts" who has made an impact in the cultural landscape of Los Angeles. On January 2016, Isabel was chosen by City Council and City Impact Lab as one of the exceptional, "2016 Impact Makers to Watch." She was also honored for her foundational work to make a positive impact in our city.