A writer and former consultant in the areas of organizational development, community economic development, and nonprofit management, Helen Mazarakis currently serves as the Co-Chair of Impact100 Essex, a women’s collaborative giving organization, and is also a member of the Advisory Board for Empower the Village. Prior to her current role at Impact100 Essex, Mazarakis served as the Executive Director of the Montclair Economic Development Corporation and as a Program Director for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Mazarakis also has key government experience, which 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. Mazarakis has served on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of New Jersey, the Newark Public Library Foundation, as well as the National Board for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, where she founded a Northern New Jersey Committee. She has also held volunteer leadership roles with the Montclair Schools and the Montclair Housing Commission. Mazarakis earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Princeton University and an MPA from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.