Isabel Barreras has served in many leadership capacities in public education, including serving on the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees. She currently serves as a human resources specialist within the Madera Unified School District. Her additional leadership positions have included membership on the Board of Trustees for the State Center Community College District, Program Manager for the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of both the California Community College Trustee Association and the Community College League of California. Barreras was inducted into the 2013 Arte Americas Muro De Honor, acknowledging her dedicated support, personal contributions, and extensive collaboration with other organizations to bring a new awareness of Latino arts and culture.
Barreras received her masters of public administration from National University in San Diego, and her bachelor of arts degree from California State University (CSU) Fresno after attending Reedley College.