Helen E. Chavez

Helen Chavez

Assistant Director, Community Affairs
Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management

Helen Chavez is Assistant Director for Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). In this role, she leads a team responsible for developing community education and public information strategies to increase residents’ awareness and preparation for disasters and local emergencies. Her initiatives include developing partnerships that promote community resilience, designing and delivering educational workshops, providing technical assistance and supporting community-driven disaster planning for neighborhoods and communities, developing relevant media campaigns and overseeing public information officer functions. Prior to joining OEM, Helen served as a lead planner and project manager for community investment and improvement projects for both the private and public sector. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work, where she teaches graduate level classes in program design, evaluation and policy. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Helen earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California with a specialization in community organizing, planning and administration, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.