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 | February 2017

Advancing Advocacy and Leadership in Southern California

Advocacy Trainers preparing for the Jan., 19, 2017 Rally to Save Roe.

Advocacy Trainers preparing for the Jan., 19, 2017 Rally to Save Roe.

I offer professional services developing advocacy and leadership training workshops and seminars for nonprofit and government organizations and citizen action groups. Currently I’m working with National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles Advocacy Committee and past clients include the West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference, Mt. St. Mary’s University, USC, Red Hen Press, and others.

These services include developing and leading trainings, workshops, and seminars for all skill and experience levels; training staff and volunteers to lead trainings, themselves; developing and leading community outreach campaigns; messaging; creating materials; and more.

Contact me at or 310-869-5749 to discuss working with your organization.

Co-Chairing the Political Awareness and Education Committee of Together We Will Los Angeles

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Together We Will Los Angeles is a movement with nearly 10,000 members. I am serving on their Political Awareness and Education Committee.

TWWLA is “dedicated to effecting change on the local and national level. Our group was inspired by the spirit and ideals of the original PSN organization. TWWLA is for all who believe that bigotry, sexism, racism, xenphobia, misogyny, and hate have no place in our country. We will work for and support LGBTQ rights, Women’s Issues, Racial and Cultural Justice, People with Disabilities, and other marginalized groups. We want to stand up for accountability in our government, stand together against those who wish to use the White House for their personal gain, and stand out as a loud voice that represents the ideals of equality, free speech, diversity, and democracy.”

“RALLY TO SAVE ROE: Because Abortion is Your Choice, Not Theirs” a Success

Rally to Save Roe January 19!

Rally to Save Roe January 19!

As a member of the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles Advocacy Committee, I led the effort to organize the RALLY TO SAVE ROE: BECAUSE ABORTION IS YOUR CHOICE, NOT THEIRS! which took place on January 19, 2017 — the eve of the presidential inauguration.

The National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles (NCJW | LA) and 30+ co-sponsoring organizations hosted the Rally followed by an on the spot Advocacy Training to defend women’s reproductive rights in America. The training, kicking off a collaborative advocacy training series for NCJWLA and our community partners. In the face of an uncertain political climate, the Rally demonstrated our commitment to upholding the right to abortion that was established 44 years ago in the historic 1973 Supreme Court Case, Roe vs. Wade. The training gave participants the tools to take action. While the recent election has left many feeling hopeless when it comes to defending their rights, this training provided next steps for those who will not sit idly by and watch as those rights are endangered.

The list of featured speakers included:

* Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor
* Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Councilmember
* Lindsey Horvath, West Hollywood City Councilmember
* Juana Rosa Cavero, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, Executive Director
* Hector Villagra, ACLU of Southern California, Executive Director
* Hillary Selvin, National Council of Jewish Women, L.A., Executive Director
* Remy Holwick, Feminist Activist & F—k Rape Culture Co-founder
* Lonnell Schuler, Black Women for Wellness
* L. Scott Caldwell, Actress
* Jenna Brister, Actress & Comedian
* Hayley Terris, Comedian, Writer & Producer
& MC Abbe Land, Former Director of The Trevor Project

Hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles, co-sponsors included:

* National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (host)
* ACLU of Southern California
* Anti-Defamation League
* Black Women for Wellness (BWW)
* California Assemblymember Richard Bloom
* California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF)
* California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ)
* California NOW
* California Women’s Law Center
* City of West Hollywood
* City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board
* Congregation Kol Ami
* Feminist Majority Foundation
* Hollywood NOW
* L.A. for Choice
* Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
* Los Angeles Coalition for Reproductive Justice (LACRJ)
* Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
* Medical Students for Choice at UCLA
* NARAL Pro-Choice California
* National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
* Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
* Planned Parenthood Young Professionals
* Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC/URJ)
* Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)
* San Gabriel Valley-Whittier NOW
* Temple Israel of Hollywood
* Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
* Together We Will, Los Angeles
* Women’s Center for Creative Work
* Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP)

Listen to my Feminist Magazine Radio Magazine interview about the Rally to Save Roe with Sandra Fluke and Laura Jimenez HERE!

Read Living Out Loud’s coverage HERE!

L.A. Progressive’s coverage HERE! (Article written by Rosalind Helfand.)

Fox LA’s TV news coverage is viewable HERE.

L.A.’s New LGBTQ Literary Festival, Lambda LitFest Los Angeles, is March 6-12, 2017

Lambda Literary Festival

Lambda LitFest Los Angeles is March 6-12, 2017.

I’m proud to be serving on the Steering Committee of the first annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles, an LGBTQ literary festival, coming up March 6-12, 2017. This week long festival includes LGBTQ themed literary events across Los Angeles County culminating in a full weekend of programming with panels at Barnsdall Art Park on March 11 and pop-ups with a closing party at Akbar on March 12. More information is available HERE.

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.

Co-Host of the Women Leaders for John Heilman Fundraiser on February 15, 2017

Raising funds for John Heilman for West Hollywood City Council.

Raising funds for John Heilman for West Hollywood City Council.

As one of America’s most progressive cities and a policy leader (West Hollywood was the first officially pro-choice city in the nation), it’s important that the city have great leadership. I’m proud to be endorsing John Heilman for West Hollywood City Council. The elections take place on March 7, 2017. John Heilman has an excellent history of fighting for human rights, women’s equality, environmental health, affordable housing, senior care, LGBTQ rights, and much more. He is the right leader for West Hollywood.

On February 15, I’m co-hosting a Women Leaders for John Heilman Fundraiser. I hope you will join! Click on the event image 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 details can be found HERE.

The Roswell Award details can be found HERE.

Radio Commentator and Author Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Speaks with Students for Literature for Life

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez speaks with students for Literature for Life.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez speaks with students for Literature for Life.

Ninth grade English students at West Adams Prep High School studied the poem “Vine a Los Angeles” by Adolofo Guzman-Lopez, author and KPCC radio commentator. We were proud to recently host Adolfo for a visit to the school and talk with the students. This is part of Literature for Life’s ongoing program to publish works by local authors, design curriculum for high school students to study their work, and bring the authors into classrooms to speak with the students. We’re excited to host more author visits this semester.

If you’re interested in studying Literature for Life work in your high school and hosting an author visit, contact me at or 310-869-5749.

You can read Adolfo Guzman-Lopez’s poem HERE.

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. More information to come!