Helen Chin, Surdna Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Sustainable Environments

FUNDING AREAS: Sustainable environments, economic development, arts and culture.

CONTACT: hchin@surdna.org, (212) 557-0010

IP TAKE: Given Chin's involvement with a transporation think tank, environmental programs in that realm might especially appeal to her.

PROFILE: Helen Chin is the Surdna Foundation's program officer for sustainable environments. She is also a member of of Eno, a non-partisan think-tank that promotes policy innovation and provides professional development opportunities across the career span of transportation professionals, whose official bio of her shares:

Prior to joining the Surdna Foundation, Ms. Chin worked for West Harlem Environmental Action, leading initiatives on land use planning and transportation that were identified as core concerns by the community and New York City to advance its sustainability efforts. She also worked as Acting Deputy Director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) where she managed a grant portfolio with programs in over 15 countries, providing indigenous communities with the skills and resources needed to preserve and protect natural resources and wildlife habitats.

Ms. Chin spent a significant amount of time in Africa and Asia working directly with communities and went on to consult for the Wildlife Trust of India. Before joining IFAW, she was the Community Programs Manager at the New England Aquarium and held positions with the Natural Resources Defense Council working on national environmental policies. Ms. Chin attended Tufts University and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Environmental Policy.

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