HELENA POLEO, Infrastructure Partner
Helena Poleo joins Sustainability Partners in Florida as an Infrastructure Partner. Helena has more than 20 years’ experience in communications, focusing on political and crisis initiatives. She has an impressive background working with public and private entities as a spokesperson for Fortune 500 companies, elected officials, and city governments.
Helena started as a reporter for daily publications and magazines before making the switch to public relations where she focused on government communications. Her career as a reporter included being foreign correspondent for Venezuelan publications covering politics, immigration, and local news for several South Florida newspapers.
Helena made the transition from reporting to media relations in 2008, when she became the spokesperson for the Mayor of the City of Miami.
Helena’s experience spans crisis communications; real estate; public affairs; Hispanic and Latin American issues; politics; and arts and culture, among others. Her extensive experience working with government entities and private companies has given her a unique perspective in managing these relationships and getting public benefit projects done.
A native of Venezuela, Helena graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 from the Journalism School of Florida International University and earned a certificate in Women in Leadership from Cornell University. She is a Mentor for High School Girls as part of the Women of Tomorrow program and is a graduate of the Greater Miami’s Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami Program and is a member of the Florida International University Presidents Circle.
Helena was recently recognized Woman Owned Business of the Year by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levine-Cava. She was also named as one of the Top 50 Hispanic Business Leaders Award for 2019 by the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Miami with her husband and two young daughters.