Isabel de la Cruz Ernst was born in New York City. Her parents are Cuban. The family lived in Madrid, Spain where Isabel grew up before moving to Key Biscayne, FL. She attended high School in Switzerland. Isabel went to Georgetown University where she obtained a double major in French and Italian and a minor in business. She also earned an MBA from Georgetown University.
After restoring the Hillandale Mansion as their home, she establishes her own development company (Ernst Development) dedicated to renovating and building very contemporary spaces in the Washington DC area. Her work has been published in many local and international magazines.
Isabel is a Board member of The Washington National Opera, The Youth Orchestra of the Americas, The Washington International School, The Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation (ICDF), the King Hussein Cancer Center, The Foundation for Art and Preservation of Embassies and The Moore Space in Miami. She dedicates a significant part of her time to charitable work including Refugees International, the Seed School and Innocents at Risk among others.
She and her husband are Art Collectors of Contemporary Art and are supporters of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC. Isabel’s other interests include traveling, skiing and boating.
Isabel is married to Ricardo Ernst a Professor at Georgetown University. They have four children: Carolina (16), Felipe (15), Alejandro (11) and Sofia (4).