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 | July 2017

Literature for Life Issue 5 Launched on July 16, 2017 — Signing on Educators to Teach Stories

Illustration by Jimi Martinez for "In Transit."

Illustration by Jimi Martinez for “In Transit.”

Literature for Life is thrilled to announce the launch of the fifth issue of our literary journal featuring original stories, essays, poems, and articles, as well as original artwork and curriculum for each piece! Over 60 people attended the launch in Pasadena which featured readings and opportunities to meet the writers and illustrators.

This summer, we are signing on middle and high school educators to teach Literature for Life material. We provide contemporary, mostly local literature of all genres, and opportunities to invite the writers and artists to speak with students in the classroom. If you’re interested in participating, email me at

Read Issue 5 and past issues HERE.

Serving on the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles Board of Directors



I joined the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles’s Board of Directors this spring. I’m proud to team up with this stellar group of Los Angeles’s women leaders to advocate for social and environmental justice and ensure the delivery of excellent social services to people both locally and statewide. I am continuing to serve on NCJWLA’s Advocacy Committee, as well, where I am primarily focused on reproductive and environmental justice initiatives.

Learn more about NCJWLA and our work HERE.

Advocacy Training Program for the West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference a Success

Women's Leadership Conference

The 11th annual West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference was a great success with over 350 leaders and activists from across Los Angeles in attendance for the day! I had the honor of heading up the Advocacy Trainings and focused issues discussions for the conference.Topics covered running for office, effective lobbying, getting advocacy projects off the ground, engaging in climate change and reproductive justice issues, and more. The conference featured a stellar full day of workshops, panels, speakers, and discussions focused on advocacy and concrete steps to connect with organizations and take action. Learn more about the conference HERE.

Over 1,500 People Attended the 6th Annual LitFest Pasadena

LItFest Pasadena is May 20-21

LItFest Pasadena is May 20-21

LitFest Pasadena, which took place in May, attracted over 1,500 writers and literary lovers for a weekend filled with cutting edge, diverse readings and panels spanning genres from politics to science fiction. Over 30 featured events filled the Pasadena Playhouse District for two days. Panel topics included “Hostile Environment Reporting for Young Female Journalists,” “Writing in the Time of Black Lives Matter and Resistance to Trumpism,” “Writing Indigenous California” and more. I will continue to serve as the Festival Director and we’ll announce the date for LitFest Pasadena 2018 this month! To learn more, go to HERE.

Over 200 People Attend the The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award Short Science Fiction Readings and Prize Presentations


Over 200 people attended readings of original short science fiction stories by Los Angeles teens at The Tomorrow Prize for stories by LA high school students and The Roswell Award for stories by writers from around the world. Hosted by Sci-Fest LA and the arts and education nonprofit, Light Bringer Project, at LitFest Pasadena in May, the readings were dramatic and inspiring. Twelve teens were honored for their work at The Tomorrow Prize, with six schools from across LA represented. Featured celebrity guests included Allison Scagliotti (Stitchers), Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager), Anna Maria Horsford (The Bold and the Beautiful), Carlease Burke (Crowded), Madison McLaughlin (Arrow), Peter Mackenzie (Black-ish), David Blue (SGU: Stargate Universe), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Jonathan Slavin (Dr. Ken), and Graham Sibley (Fear the Walking Dead).

I serve as the Director of these competitions, which are designed to encourage and nurture up and coming science fiction writing talent, recognizing that sci-fi serves as a unique vehicle for creatively exploring and seeking solutions to the issues and moral dilemmas that confront us today.

The list of winners will soon be posted online.