Helena is an international development economist and a retired senior executive from the World Bank. She holds a Masters and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. She has co-authored a book and is a frequent speaker. She is a non-profit director and is involved in several community and cultural activities.Helena has a passion for social and cultural issues and is a Founder and member of the Women’s International Study Center in Santa Fe, a mentor to folk artists and young professionals, and a Board member of GoPhilantropic and the United World College in Costa Rica. Helena was born in Colombia and is a U.S. citizen. She is mother to Matthew and Isabel and proud new grandmother to Nina. She splits her time between her homes in Santa Fe and Bethesda.