Helena's 24-year career in architecture has been dedicated to design excellence in the public realm, and she is best known for her work with educational and public projects. She earned her Master in Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has lived and worked in South America and Asia as well as the United States. This brings an international flavor to her work and gives her an understanding of the cultures that are represented in the diverse make-up of Southern California. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.