Solomon McCown & Company
Helene is the founder & CEO of Solomon McCown and is widely recognized for bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and keen sense of strategic thinking to the definition, recognition and protection of mission-focused organizations and businesses.
Helene melds a track record of work for some of the most recognized brands in their fields with an understanding of and passion for issues that stem from her background in politics, experience in the public sector, and serving on boards. Helene has a particular passion for issues at the intersection of public policy and business. Working closely with CEOs, she has a unique ability to envision the communication approaches that achieve strategic objectives.
A well-respected expert in the fields of public affairs and crisis management, Helene has attracted attention for her handling of the Planned Parenthood shooting incident of 1994, for helping the Pearl family establish The Daniel Pearl Foundation in the aftermath of The Wall Street Journal reporter’s murder and for her tireless work during on behalf of Msgr. Michal Foster, the wrongly accused Chief Judicial Vicar in the Boston Archdiocese.
She has participated in a wide variety of panel discussions and forums that examine the relationship between the media and the organizations they cover as it impacts brands and leaders. She has provided commentary nationally on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC, and FOX TV News, and in local print and broadcast media.
Helene is active in Greater Boston community affairs, serving on the board of directors of the Commonwealth Institute, Building Impact, the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston, the Massachusetts Health Council, and Jewish Big Brother Big Sister. She has also served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at Boston University’s College of Communications, the Advisory Board of Boston Women Communicators, NAIOP Massachusetts Program Committee, and the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership’s Leadership Committee. She is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and, serves on the Massachusetts eHealth Institute’s Consumer Education Workgroup, and previously as Chair of the Town of Brookline’s Transportation Board.
In 2011, she was the only public relations CEO that was part of a group of 50 CEOs that travelled to Israel and Brazil with Governor Patrick’s official state delegation.
Helene received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston University College of Communications. She is a recipient of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Abigail Adams Award, which recognizes her longstanding support of women and the community. She is a lifetime member of The Publicity Club of New England and has twice served as its president, and has been selected as a Crystal Bell Winner, which recognized her significant contributions to the field of public relations. She is also a member of the editorial board of PR News.
Helene has a master’s degree in communications/public affairs journalism from The American University and a bachelor’s degree in public communication from Boston University.