Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Helene Stebbins

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Helene Stebbins is the President of HMS Policy Research, an early childhood policy and research firm specializing in the coordination of the health, education, and care of children from birth through age five. Helene has extensive experience working with state policymakers, including Governors, state legislators, and their policy advisors. Areas of expertise include data collection and analysis, meeting facilitation, conference planning, grant writing and management, and public speaking.

From 1996-2002 Helene worked in the Center for Best Practices at the National Governors Association. As the program director for children and youth policy, she served as a resource to Governors and their senior advisors on child and family policy issues. By tracking state initiatives and best practices, Helene worked to promote the exchange of good ideas among policymakers to improve state policies. In 2003 Helene launched her own consulting business to allow her to also work on the early education of her young children.

In 1994, Helene was a Presidential Management Intern for the Food Stamp Program in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She earned a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Minnesota.