Hispanas Organized for Political equality (HOPE)
Helen Torres is the Executive Director of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). Under her leadership HOPE has grown into one of the leading women’s leadership and advocacy organizations in California and United States. Ms. Torres produces conferences and leadership programs that educate and train over 3,000. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI) - a program that prepares adult Latinas for their next level of civic participation. HLI has resulted in over 521 graduates, 180 Latinas of which have been appointed to California commissions, 80 have run for elected office and over 200 Latinas serving on nonprofit boards improving local communities. Most recently, Helen was able to see her dream of a binational program for Latinas in the US and Mexico to be trained to lead national and international organizations come to fruition. She has served on various commissions under Governor Gray Davis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Jerry Brown. Most recently she joined the California Latino Economic Institute, a group of business leaders formed to advise the California Latino Caucus. She also serves on the community advisory boards for Southern California Edison and PG&E. Ms. Torres is a sought out speaker on women issues and an advisor to key projects such as “The Shriver Report: A Women’s Nation Changes Everything.” She has been recognized by Los Angeles Dodgers as a “community hero.” Most recently Ms. Torres’s story has been part of a California State University- Fullerton oral and public history exhibit titled “Voces de Liberacion: Latinas in Politics in Southern California and was honored with the HIP Giver award by Hispanics in Philanthropy for her role as a women’s advocate.