Helena Moreno represents our City as Councilmember At-Large. On behalf of the people of New Orleans, she has led the fight for a safer, more affordable, more equitable, and more accountable city.
As a Councilmember – and a Legislator before – she’s won victories to broaden economic opportunity, reform our criminal justice system, promote gender equality, and protect and uplift the most vulnerable in our society. Among her many accomplishments in just her first year, she’s championed laws to shield victims of sexual assault, reduce incarceration by preventing unnecessary arrests, restrict weapons from domestic abuses, transform New Orleans into a renewable energy trailblazer, and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure both above and below our streets.
Helena was elected citywide as Councilmember At-Large, Division 1 with more than 65% of the vote in the Oct. 14, 2017 primary and sworn in on May 7, 2018.
She began her career in New Orleans as an award-winning investigative reporter for NBC affiliate, WDSU-TV. She was part of a team awarded an Emmy for outstanding coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Too often, however, her reports turned up problems in the political system. In 2008, she decided to not just report, but do something about it. Setting aside her promising broadcast career, she entered public service.
In May of 2010, she was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. As the voice of District 93, she served as an advocate for a richly diverse area that includes neighborhoods such as Treme, the Garden District, Central City, St. Roch, the French Quarter, Mid City and the CBD.
While a Legislator, Helena was honored as a champion for women by various organizations. Her work to fight domestic violence in Louisiana is featured in the award winning documentary film called Five Awake. To continue to advance issues important to women and their families, Helena founded the non-profit Ignite Advocacy Network. It serves as an awareness and policy alert network for individuals interested creating a better Louisiana for women.
Helena has also been recognized for her work in corrections reform, public safety, drug policy, health care, early childhood education and care for the elderly.
On the City Council, she chairs the pivotal Utilities, Cable, Telecom, and Technology Committee which regulates New Orleans’ Investor-Owned Utility, Entergy New Orleans LLC. She also serves on the Budget, Criminal Justice, Smart and Sustainable Cities, Community Development and Government Affairs Committees.
Helena holds a degree in Journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
She works as a licensed realtor with Talbot Realty Group in New Orleans and lives uptown with her husband Chris Meeks.