As a Grants Officer for the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Helen oversees the tri-county agency’s grantmaking processes including: General Operating Support, Professional Development Grants, Project Support Grants and the RACC Fellowship. Since 2003 Helen has also managed the RACC Cultural Leadership Program. This program offers consulting, workshop and networking opportunities to emerging and established arts leaders throughout the region. She has been a member of RACC’s Equity Committee since its inception in 2012 and was the recipient of the Community Inclusion Award from the Portland Commission on Disability in 2009.
Helen is a member of both Grantmakers in the Arts and Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington. Helen has worked in the Arts in Portland since 1995. Before joining the RACC in 1997 as the Neighborhood Arts Program Coordinator, she served as the Program Manager for the Network of Oregon Artists, a service and support organization for individual artists. Prior to her work in the arts Helen worked for three years in Lesotho as a community extension agent and radio producer for the U.S. Peace Corps and USAID.