MARCIA HELFANT

Marcia_Helfant_PhotoMarcia Helfant currently serves as CO. State Policy Advocate for the National Council of Jewish Women, a grassroots social justice organization that emphasizes quality of life issues for women, children and families.

Growing up in New York City, and living in Philadelphia for many years, Marcia received a B.A. degree from Queens College, the City University of New York, with a major in history; and an M.A. degree in Political Science from Hunter College, the City University of New York. After teaching history in New York City Public High Schools for 9 years, Marcia left to raise a family.

Having moved to Philadelphia during those years, and developing an interest in political advocacy, she attended Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Science and Social Research, earning an MSW degree, with an emphasis in community organizing, in 1982. For the next 31 years, Marcia has worked in the field of Gerontology, as director of a Senior Center, as Director of Senior Services for the West Philadelphia Mental Health Consortium, as director of a nursing home ombudsman program, and, for 10 years, as a Nursing Home Administrator.

Moving to Denver in 2004 to be closer to children and grandchildren, Marcia served as Director of Marketing and Community Outreach for Kavod Senior Living (formerly Allied Jewish Apartments), a subsidized senior living community in Cherry Creek, retiring at the end of 2013. During those years, she became active in community advocacy efforts around right to life issues with NCJW, and served on the Denver Mayor’s Commission on Women for 4 years.