You can’t grow up in Woodside, N.Y. and not love the Mets or going bike riding in Flushing Meadow Park. As a child, Helen Dorado Alessi shared both activities with her family; today she still rides but also indulges in boxing – on her Wii. As Senior Vice President of The Early Years Institute, Helen oversees programs, coalition building and fundraising. She’s the former Corporate Manager for Philanthropy for Toyota Motor North America, and earlier was Vice President of the Edwin Gould Foundation.

Proud of her roots and a lover of Cuban food, Helen is a leading Latina in the philanthropic community and a member of the Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, and Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.Helen holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Baruch College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from St. Francis College. She has delivered multiple presentations and moderated panels on issues as diverse as career advancement to issue-based subjects as the effects of transnationalism on grantmaking.

Helen served as a mentor with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and was Vice Chairperson-elect of Philanthropy New York. She has also served on the Annual Conference Committee of the Council on Foundations, was chair of the Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities, and is an active member of Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Long Beach Latino Civic Association. In 2004, Helen was selected as a Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., where she served as president of the class. She has completed the Leadership Development and Assessment Program at Harvard University. As if she’s not busy enough, Helen has served as a member of the City of Long Beach Planning Advisory Board since 2006.