Professional Profile: Helen Jonsen 2021

Helen Jonsen

Name: Helen Jonsen

Title: Senior Vice President for Public Affairs

Company: New York City Economic Development Corp.

Location: 1 Liberty Plaza, New York, NY

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, NY

Education: Fordham Univ.

First job: Page, Mount Vernon Public Library

First job in real estate or allied field: NYCEDC

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I am head of public affairs, inclusive of media relations and other public communications. I look forward to continuing to tell the stories of NYC’s resilience.

How do you unwind from a busy day? Dinner with my family, watch TV or read.

Favorite book or author: Too many to name (classic: John Steinbeck/pop: Elin Hilderbrand)

Favorite movie: The Big Chill

Last song/album that you purchased/downloaded? ”All the Light Above It Too” by Jack Johnson

One word to describe your work environment: Collaborative

Rules to live by in business: (and in life) Treat others with the same respect you would like.

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead, but not related to you) who would it be and where would you go? Eleanor Roosevelt, a picnic at Valkill, Hyde Park

What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job) Host and direct a television show that takes people around the world to meet and learn the stories of passionate people doing good.