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 is passionate for economic development, social justice and folk art. She is a Founder and Board member of the Women’s International Study Center WISC in Santa Fe, a Board member of GoPhilantropic and the Washington Office for Latin American Human Rights (WOLA), and of the Program Committee of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and a mentor to folk artists and young professionals. Helena was born in Colombia and is a U.S. citizen. She is mother to Matthew and Isabel and proud grandmother of Nina.