Helen joined Hoffberger Family Philanthropies in late November 2020 as a Program Officer and became Executive Director (ED) in February 2023 after serving in the interim role. She previously provided consulting services in the nonprofit sector with the primary focus of helping her clients expand their equity and access effort. Prior to consulting, she served at a few nascent foundations—including The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation—building organizational capacity as well as developing and managing multi-million national and international grant portfolios. Additional experience includes an appointment with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency that oversees the national AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteer programs, specifically serving as a liaison with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which expanded the government’s effort to support grassroots nonprofits. She is also a lifelong volunteer with a background in development and publishing. Helen earned her MPA in Nonprofit Management and a MA in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy along with a BA in English from the University of Virginia, where she previously served on the student volunteer program’s Alumni Council. Helen is also currently serving on the Board of Maryland Nonprofits.
Willow is a Baltimore area native who graduated from the University of Baltimore in 2020 with a degree in government and public policy and a minor in philosophy. Previously Willow worked at the League of Women Voters of Maryland where she continued the passion for civic engagement she first developed in college as a Andrew Goodman Foundation Ambassador. In addition to her work promoting civic engagement and voting, Willow also served as a Union Scholar (a partnership with Harvard and the American Federation for State, County, and Municipal Employees): In this position, she worked alongside other organizers to help behavioral health workers seek better working conditions, wages, and benefits.
As a volunteer, Willow has served with several nonprofits throughout Baltimore helping returning citizens, advocating for reproductive justice, and assisting students in public school settings. In her free time Willow loves to travel, explore local farmers’ markets, and search for the best Baltimore pizza.