Henry Elkus
Founder and CEO

Henry Elkus is Founder and CEO of Helena.

Outside of Helena, Henry serves as Social Entrepreneur in Residence at The Boston Consulting Group and Special Advisor to the Berggruen Institute.

Henry is a contributor to, and the youngest panelist on the Wall Street Journal’s online small business panel. Other panelists include Wharton Professor Karl Ulrich and University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor James Schrader.

Prior to 2014, Henry was COO and Director of Philanthropy at Unlimited Ltd. Clothing, a global, crowd-sourced high fashion streetwear retailer with dedicated philanthropic missions. He attended Stanford University’s Online High School while competing internationally as a ski racer.

Henry left Yale University after two years to operate Helena full time. He is 21.

SAMUEL FEINBURG
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Sam Feinburg is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Helena.

A former World Champion public speaker and debater, Sam serves as Social Entrepreneur in Residence at The Boston Consulting Group, and was a founding member of the Visionaries Team that designed the forthcoming ANA Avatar XPRIZE.

Before Helena, Sam partnered with VC firms to co-found the Devise Company, a consultancy and mentorship network offering services to college startups across the Ivy League.

Sam left Yale University after two years to operate Helena full time. He is 21.

Cassandra Sanford-Rosenthal
SVP, Content

Cassandra Sanford-Rosenthal serves as Senior Vice President of Content for Helena.  

Cassandra is also the CEO of Blackacre Entertainment.  As CEO, she develops and produces documentaries, narrative feature films and television.  Past projects of Blackacre Entertainment include screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, United Nations, Human Rights Watch Film Festival and Blackacre has been awarded notable grants such as the Tribeca Gucci Grant and Abigail Disney Fork Films Grant.

Growing up between the East and the West, Cassandra witnessed firsthand the scope of issues that affect communities throughout the world and the shared humanity that unites all of us. She is a strategist with a number of foundations that work on issues ranging from women’s rights, human trafficking, education and underprivileged communities providing them resources needed to strengthen and act on their own behalf. These experiences have shown Cassandra the importance of combining the work a foundation does and the value of the dissemination of its message to a wider audience.  

Cassandra is excited to be bringing her knowledge of film, story and philanthropy by building a platform where the mission, initiatives and solutions of Helena can be accessed globally.

Lyn Stoler
Director, Public Health

Lyn Stoler is currently a candidate for the Master's of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked in the Fernald Lab, and focuses on globalization and its effects on public health, particularly in developing regions and with respect to nutrition. 

Before Helena, Lyn was the youngest member of the Board of Directors for End World Hunger 2030, and a pioneer Food Security Coordinator for the Suitcase Clinic. These experiences and previous policy work have informed her passion for collaboration between research, public interest, and the private sector. 

Lyn graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 as a Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar. There, she studied Molecular and Cell Biology, Public Health, and Global Poverty and Practice. 

As an immigrant whose studies and work have taken her around the world, Lyn is passionate about bringing her multidisciplinary background and international experience to understanding health on the global and biomedical level at Helena. 

NOAH STEINBERG
Director, Systems

Noah Steinberg was the youngest founding board member of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Detroit's North End. In addition to having one of the highest producing and most highly trafficked urban farms in the country, which supplies thousands of pounds of produce to thousands of Detroit households using a suggestions donation model, MUFI works to drive innovation in blue & green infrastructure though piloting cost-competitive models for blight deconstruction.

In high school, Noah was captain of the rowing team, earning multiple medals at both the United States and Canadian National Scholastic championships.

He comes to Helena with experience in the defense, heavy manufacturing, and e-commerce industries.

A Junior at Yale, he studies Mechanical Engineering and Political Science, and is a member of the club wrestling team. He also served as director of Marketing for the Yale Model United Nations Conference.

Jessica Girard
Director, Membership

Jessica Girard is the Director of Membership and Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO of Helena. Jessica started to develop her passion for sustainable business when she was 16 by completing the Advanced Business Leadership Development Course with the Landmark Forum. She continued her education at Antioch University in Santa Barbara. There she earned a double major in Business Management and Environmental Studies. While earning her degrees, she established the Global Marketing and Sales departments at Scent Blazer Lures. Jessica was acknowledged for her success in these departments by earning a “Best of the Year” award at a professional business ceremony in Brazil.

She became a pillar of the Santa Barbara community for being a strong environmental advocate through her work with the Santa Barbara Water Guardians, where she spearheaded the initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing and other non-conventional oil drilling methods. After graduation, she co-founded EcoLawn, the top water conservation landscaping company in Santa Barbara. As the CEO and Sales Director of EcoLawn, she helped conserve over 3 million gallons of water by completing over 350 projects in under three years.

Duncan Preston
Director of Energy

Duncan has over 20 years experience in global energy markets with specific experience in investing and operating in Africa. He has held senior positions in Europe, Africa and Asia working on long term development of energy businesses.

Recently, Duncan has focused on investing in green and renewable energy businesses focused primarily on off grid markets in emerging markets: particularly Africa. Despite difficult operating environments these markets provide solid fundamentals for scaling out new businesses.

Duncan joined Helena as he saw that despite people wanting to improve their carbon footprint, there was frustration at all stages in the market. Consumers didn’t know their choices; innovators can’t find R&D support; and developers can’t find financing, or scale their businesses. He hopes that Helena can use its network and expertise to help facilitate the development of ground-breaking technologies and businesses in order to make an impact on global emissions without being forced to cut economic development.

Duncan holds a First Class degree in Economics from the University of Southampton in the UK. He is based in Dubai.

Peter Schiavelli
Staff Writer

Passionate about youth mentorship and the value of educational breadth, Peter spent much of his time before Helena tutoring middle- and high-school students, as well as helping coach a water polo team that was the top-ranked team in the country over the past five years.

He has written and edited for a number of organizations, including Senator Dianne Feinstein's office, Harvard-Westlake School, Windward School, and the online publication The Rumpus.net.

Peter received his BA with Honors in English from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and had one of his manuscripts awarded a Levinthal Tutorial in Fiction Writing.

Iman Nanji
Interim Director, Helena Fellows Program

Previously, Iman was a Senior Associate of Business and Program Development at the Milken Institute where she fostered strategic partnerships and developed programs to engage the Institute's top supporters from around the world, including financial institutions, multinational corporations, foundations and philanthropists. Iman oversaw the growth of such programs as the Milken Institute Associates and the Young Leaders Circle, powerful groups of global leaders representing a broad range of industries.

Iman began her career as an investment analyst on a multi-asset class trading desk at J.P. Morgan, where she provided advisory and brokerage services to clients. Iman graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor of arts in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies and is pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA. Iman serves on the Young Professionals Board of KIPP LA Schools.

Syona Varty
Administrative Assistant

Syona Varty is an Administrative Assistant at Helena. Originally from India and Uganda, Syona grew up in Belgium and spent a number of years traveling where she developed a strong understanding of and admiration for a variety of cultures and customs.

After leaving Belgium, Syona put her cultural knowledge to use as Editor-In-Chief of her school newspaper, a competitive sailor, and a founding member of the Women’s Empowerment Club; a club that met regularly to discuss ways in which to improve the social climate of the community, worked to raise awareness, and raised money to support underprivileged women in the Detroit area.

She graduated high school with a conservatory designation in Performing Arts due to her work as an actor, stage manager, and technician for various productions including Dracula, The Laramie Project, and Legally Blonde. Syona took these skills beyond her high school theater and into college.

A sophomore at NYU Tisch school of the Arts, Syona is now pursuing a degree in acting, stage management, and set design. Syona is also a member of the Global Awards Leadership and Mentoring Program.

Humble Lukanga
Ambassador

Lameck Humble Lukanga was born in a small village in Uganda, where he spent the first decade of his life enduring genocide, famine and extreme poverty. At the age of 11, he and his family were granted a political asylum, allowing them to come to the United States to seek refuge, which he calls “the biggest blessing of my life.”

Since, Humble has gone on to become a venerable young leader in finance. Humble owns Life Line Financial Group, a wealth management firm servicing world-class performers and leaders in business, sports and entertainment. In addition to Life Line Financial, Humble serves on the board of trustees for the University of New Mexico and the board of directors for various companies. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico, received a Personal Finance Planning degree from UCLA and holds the CFP credential.

Humble is passionate about social entrepreneurship, financial literacy, freedom and the orphans of Uganda. He is a philanthropist, teacher and self-proclaimed, ambassador of Hope. He has come far from the slums of Masaka, Uganda and he continues to inspire along the way.

John R Seydel
Ambassador

John Rutherford Seydel III (John R.) is the Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta.

A recent graduate from the University of Denver where he studied political science, business, and communications. As the eldest of Ted Turner’s grandchildren, he is also the the first grandchild to be a Trustee on the Turner Foundation. With a passion for politics, John R. spent time during his undergraduate years being involved with the campaigns of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and former Senator Mark Udall’s campaign in Colorado during his undergrad.

Driven by his passion for social entrepreneurship, John R. founded The Revolution Nation Network, the first active, civic engagement media company. Revolution Nation helps to turn passive media viewers into active, engaged citizens who hold their representatives accountable when they are actually creating legislation instead of just during election time by connecting citizens directly to all city, state, and federal representatives on the issues the citizen is passionate about through targeted news and video content. Seydel's motto in life is the same as his Family's Foundation, "Save Everything."

Jon Levin
Partner and Senior Adviser

Over the past three decades, Jon Levin has forged one of the most respected careers in the Hollywood community. After graduating with honors from USC Law School, Jon Levin was a business affairs executive and motion picture and television literary agent with Creative Artists Agency for 38 years. In 2017, he transitioned to Roar Productions Inc., where he was named Manager.

Known for his specialized representation of iconic and compelling intellectual property from novels, graphic novels, comic books, foreign films to life rights and his work in the animation, science fiction and fantasy and historical and biographical worlds, Jon has packaged such diverse films and tentpole franchises as MIDNIGHT RUN, HOOK, UNBROKEN, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, SHREK, CORALINE, ICE AGE and WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and such television series as HANNIBAL, THE LEFTOVERS and AMERICAN GODS as well as having worked with such clients as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Will Smith, John Hughes, J.J. Abrams, Bob Zemeckis, Robert Downey, Jr., Playtone, Jr., Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Plan B, Stan Lee, Neil Gaiman, Darren Aronofsky, Overbrook, Tom Hanks, and The Henson Company among others.  Jon’s clients and their films have garnered over one hundred Academy Award nominations and twenty-five Oscar wins. He is a member of the Academy.

A magna cum laude of Tufts University with a focus on International Relations, Jon’s honors include receiving Tufts University’s P.T. Barnum Award for Excellence in Entertainment; serving on the Tufts Media Studies Board and Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts Council, and co-chairing Columbia/Barnard College’s Athena Film Festival and advising the Middleburg Film Festival.

Contacts

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