Helena Moreno was elected New Orleans City 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.
Helena 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.
Helena has been honored as a legislative 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.
During her years in the legislature, Helena served on the Commerce, Health and Welfare, Administration of Criminal Justice, Appropriations and Judiciary committees. Moreno has held numerous appointed positions in a number of State Boards and Commissions, including the Louisiana Sentencing Commission, Women’s Policy and Research Commission, Domestic Violence Prevention Commission, Latino Commission, Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse on Children, Juvenile Interstate Compact and Drug Policy Board. She was a member of the Democratic Caucus, Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus and Orleans Delegation.
Helena holds a journalism degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
She works as a licensed realtor with Talbot Realty Group in New Orleans and resides downtown with her husband Chris Meeks.