Program Officer for Global Technology

Gina Helfrich, WCA Mentor

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Gina Helfrich has over 10 years of professional communications experience spanning nonprofits, technology, higher education, and entrepreneurship. She has spent the past five years working to make technology better serve the needs of vulnerable and marginalized people. Presently, she manages global programs at Internews encompassing two streams of work: advancing sustainability for open source security tools used by journalists and human rights organizations (HROs) and improving the safety and resilience of journalists and HROs facing digital attacks.

Prior to Internews, Gina served as Director of Communications & Culture at NumFOCUS, a non-profit supporting open source scientific software and data science communities. In addition to her extensive experience in program management and strategic communications, Gina has worked to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the business, social enterprise, higher education, and non-profit sectors for over a decade.

Gina earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory University and is the former Director of the Harvard College Women’s Center. Gina has been an invited speaker at events such as South By Southwest Interactive (SXSW), the Texas Conference for Women, and Columbia University’s Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation. She also works part-time as an independent consultant helping clients to better motivate and engage their stakeholders in support of strategic goals.

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Career-changers, early career professionals, and those looking for insight into work in technology, nonprofits, or higher education. Available for coffee meetings (post-pandemic) and conversation by phone, video chat, and email.

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