ROSALIND HELFAND works with nonprofits and government to create and implement innovative programs and policies, connect communities, inspire advocacy, and address complex local and global issues. She is adept at cross-cultural communication, multi-disciplinary endeavors, community engagement, organizational development, and planning for long term positive change. Rosalind works across multiple fields spanning human rights, arts and literature, education, and the environment.

News | March 2017

Presenting in the 2nd Annual Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California Symposium on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Long Beach Aquarium

BioBlitz photo from the Symposium website.

BioBlitz photo from the Symposium website.

I’m thrilled to be presenting at the March 4 Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California Symposium at the Long Beach Aquarium. My presentation will cover why it’s important to link citizen science programs with high school community service programs. In addition to consulting for nonprofits and government, I teach a high school leadership class, and advise on developing innovative community service programs. Here’s my abstract:

As a teacher and nonprofits advisor, I’ve embraced citizen science as a means of community service for high school students, and a number of my students regularly participate in Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County wildlife hunts. Citizen science presents a unique opportunity for high schools and their students to engage in service. The data and observational contributions students make through citizen science are framed as a means to enhance their communities and inform decisions by policy makers as well as conservation efforts. More than community service, citizen science is service learning. Students learn about science while completing their service and gain skills that that they can share with others when engaged in citizen science programs. Connecting with high schools through their community service programs is also a great way for citizen science programs to expand their outreach, impact, and longevity.

To learn more about the day-long symposium and register, go HERE.

Heading Up the Advocacy Training Program for the Women’s Leadership Conference, May 12-13, 2017

Women's Leadership Conference

The West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference is coming up May 12 and 13. I am consulting with the city to develop the advocacy trainings component for the conference.

Learn more about the conference HERE.

Programming the Women’s History Month Mini-Film Festival for March 11, 2017

film fest

The Women’s History Month Mini-Film Festival is presented by the City of West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA). The film festival takes place Saturday, March 11 from 5-10pm.

I’m curating and organizing the program together with the City and NFMLA. The night features two programs of selected shorts by local women directors followed by Q&As with the directions, and Emmy-Award Winning Actress and Director/Producer of “Seeing is Believing: Women Direct,” Cady McClain in Conversation with Maikiko James of Women In Film Los Angeles. Learn more HERE.

Lambda LitFest Los Angeles is Here – March 6-12, 2017!

Lambda Literary Festival

Lambda Literary Festival

The first annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles is a celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and readers in the Southland. Lambda LitFest Los Angeles is March 6-12, 2017 with programming, FREE and open to the public, as noted:

* LitFest Saturday!
Saturday, March 11, at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood
A full day of discussions, readings, entertainment, mingling.

* A Week of LitFest Across LA
Monday, March 6 – Sunday, March 12
Readings and events in neighborhoods all over LA.

* LitFest Closing Party
Sunday, March 12, 7 pm, Akbar
Celebrate LitFest with dancing, cocktails and friends at Akbar in Hollywood. Everyone is welcome!

I’m proud to serve on the Steering Committee for the Festival! Learn more HERE.

Festival Director for LitFest Pasadena Coming Up May 20-21, 2017

LItFest Pasadena is May 20-21

LItFest Pasadena is May 20-21

I’m joining the team of Pasadena’s literary festival, LitFest Pasadena, coming up the weekend May 20-21, 2017. The weekend will feature fantastic panels with writers speaking on a broad array of topics. Check back HERE for more information.

Sci-Fest LA and Light Bringer Project Join Forces for The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award Short Science Fiction Writing Competitions


Sci-Fest LA and the arts and education nonprofit, Light Bringer Project, have joined forces to host the 2017 short science fiction writing competitions, The Tomorrow Prize for Los Angeles County High School students and The Roswell Award for adults worldwide. I am once again directing these competitions.

The Tomorrow Prize submissions are being accepted through Friday, March 17, 2017.

The Roswell Award submissions are being accepted through Friday, March 3, 2017.

Dramatic readings of the finalists’ stories by performers followed by recognition of the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions will take place at LitFest Pasadena on May 20 and 21, 2017.

The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award details can be found HERE.

President’s Award Recipient and Joining the Board of Directors of the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles

Speaking at the Rally to Save Roe

Speaking at the Rally to Save Roe

I’m honored to have recently received the President’s Award from the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles for my advocacy work on reproductive justice issues and leadership training. I’m also excited to be joining the NCJWLA Board of Directors in April!

Appearing on the USC Student Television Station Platform “Highbrow/Lowbrow” Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Show on March 8, 2017 from 5:30-6pm

I’ll be appearing as a discussion table panelist on the USC student television show “Highbrow/Lowbrow” on March 8, 2017 from 5:30pm-6pm. This show covers arts, culture and entertainment topics. The show airs live on, as well as on Channel LA36.