As Assistant Chief of Staff for Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Helen Chavez is responsible for media relations and developing communication strategies in support of a wide array of public policy initiatives. Previously, Helen worked for over six years at L.A. County’s Office of Emergency Management as an assistant director overseeing public information. In that role, she directed several Joint Information Center operations, led disaster readiness campaigns, managed alert and warning initiatives, and cultivated partnerships with many public and private organizations in support of preparedness, response, and recovery programs.
With over 20 years of experience working in the private, non-profit, and public sectors, Helen regularly makes presentations on whole community engagement, crisis communications, and effectively communicating with diverse populations. In 2021, the Television Academy awarded Helen a Los Angeles Area Emmy in the category of Outstanding Public Service Announcement for her role as Executive Producer of L.A. County’s The Risk is Real COVID-19 campaign.
Helen earned an MSW from USC with a specialization in community organizing, planning and administration, and a BA in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.