Helen R. Desfosses
Helen R. Desfosses is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy,
and Africana Studies at the State University of New York at
Helen has a long record of public service. She was elected President of the
Albany Common Council, the city legislature, in 1997, and served two four-year
terms. She has been a member and treasurer of the Albany Port District
Commission. She has served as a Trustee of the Albany Public Library, and was
Secretary, and then Vice President, of the Board for several years. She has
served as a member of the Albany Water Board and was Vice-Chair of the Albany
Civic Forum, an organization of community and business leaders. She has served
on the Board of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of
Commerce. She has been a member and Second Vice President of the Board of the
Community Foundation of the Capital Region. She has also been a member of the
Board of Directors of the Albany YWCA and the Center for Women in Government.
She served as President of the Board of Mercy House, an
Helen has a B.A. from
Helen is the author of several books and articles on national and international policy issues. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the National Academy of Sciences, the US Department of State, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Her most recent book, Designs for Democratic Stability. Studies in Viable Constitutionalism, was co-edited with Abdo Baaklini.
Helen has served as a facilitator at the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar Program, and as an organizational development consultant to the Refugee Policy Center and Business
Executives for National Security, to name a few. She has also conducted two multi-national lecture tours for the United States Information Agency in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has
†served as a legislative consultant in Africa, South America, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Helen has received the Coretta Scott King Fellowship of the American Association of University Women, and the Faculty Fellowship at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. She was a winner of the 1992 Albany YWCA Tribute to Women Award and SUNY-Albany's Collins Medallion for extraordinary service to the university. She also received the 1992 Capital Leadership Program Alumni Award presented by the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce, and the Woman of Vision Award from the Schenectady YWCA. In 1993, she received the Woman in the News Award from the Women's Press Club of New York State, and the Making Waves Award from the Albany Chapter of the National Organization for Women, In 1998, she received the Citizen of the University Award from the University at Albany Alumni Association, and the Jim Perry Progressive Leadership Award from Capital District Citizen Action. In June 2000, Helen received the Women of Excellence Award from the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2003, she received the Public Service Award from the State Academy of Public Administration, and in 2004, the Woman of the Year Award from the Business and Professional Womenís Association of the Capital Region. For her work as a political commentator on "51%", the award-winning public radio show on women, she shared in the EMMA, the Exceptional Merit in Media Award, which the show received twice from the National Women's Political Caucus.
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