Our Staff Team / About Helen
Helen Shum joined Children’s Institute in 2018. Helen worked in reader outreach and editorial roles at The Oregonian for nearly a decade before taking time off to raise her son and daughter. As they grew, so did Helen’s interest in early childhood and educational equity issues. Prior to joining CI, Helen worked as a program coordinator at Early Learning Multnomah and as a contract communications specialist.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism with a minor in anthropology from Syracuse University. In addition to her regular presence as a volunteer and PTA board member at Chapman Elementary in Northwest Portland, she has served on multiple fundraising, advocacy and grant advisory committees relating to children’s education. She loves exploring Portland’s great food landscape, traveling and laughing with friends and family, including her best-in-class, Persian cat, Smudge.