Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer of Graybird Foundation, Helen manages business operations, finance and our grant process. She collaborates with project teams, contributing to strategic planning and development of creative solutions that drive the foundation’s programs and goals.
Helen brings two decades of management and operations experience to Graybird, spanning the corporate, non-profit, public and private sectors. Having lived internationally and travelled to more than 25 countries, she has a diverse professional background ranging from leadership roles in product planning, distribution and process management to assisting underserved children in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Vietnam. Helen’s volunteer service deeply informs her life practice. She is honored to help individuals and small enterprises in her community, in addition to her work at Graybird.
Helen graduated from UC Davis, with a BS in Textile Science. When she isn’t at Graybird Foundation you’ll find her riding her bike to the beach, listening to jazz at her favorite café, or up-cycling a new find. And, plagued with a serious case of wanderlust, she is always planning the next stamp for her passport. See Helen’s full professional background on LinkedIn.
You would never guess
I know the words to nearly every song in the musical “Funny Girl”
I can’t function without
The travel adventure on my bucket list is
Angkor Wat in Cambodia
A nerdy thing I love to do
File my greeting cards by category
Baraka, Shantaram, Into the Woods, Guayasamin
I [ … ] everyday
Chat during my commute with one of my best friends (for 38 years)
As a kid I was always in trouble for
Talking too much, especially to strangers
Favorite part of my job
Working with people who are guided by their hearts