Helen M. S. Mazarakis
Helen M-S Mazarakis chairs the Public Awareness Committee and serves on the Leadership Committee.
A writer, Ms. Mazarakis is a former consultant in the areas of organizational development, community economic development, and nonprofit management. In this role, she worked extensively with organizations such as Community Development Solutions, Inc., the New York Community Trust, AmeriCorps, the Clinton Global Initiative, and The New School for Social Research, among others.
She previously served as the Executive Director of the Montclair Economic Development Corporation and as a Program Director for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Key government experience includes senior leadership positions at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.
Ms. Mazarakis currently serves on the Board of Brick Schools, in Newark, and their affiliate, the South Ward Children’s Alliance, and serves on the Board of the Newark Public Library Foundation. In addition, Ms. Mazarakis is a founding member and Chair of the Grants Committee of Impact100 Essex. She has held leadership roles with the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, the School Action Team of Montclair High School, and the Montclair Housing Commission.
Ms. Mazarakis earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Princeton University and an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.