Hélène Vincent is a longtime activist for social and environmental justice, a champion of the LGBTQ+ community, and an experienced mediator and negotiator. She was previously Director of Research and Academic Partnerships at EF Education First. Hélène launched her campaign for City Council after observing how rampant power imbalances marginalize large segments of our community, and she has made listening a centerpiece of her run. She is running to make Boston inclusive, accessible, and affordable for all.
The daughter of immigrants, Hélène knows her parents worked hard to provide a good life in the United States. But her parents gave her something even more important: acceptance and love when she came out as gay in college, followed by unconditional support for her marriage to her wife, Alice Lin.
Hélène knows that many other Bostonians also face rejection and discrimination because of their identity or beliefs. Hélène will be a champion on the City Council for respect, equity, and inclusion.
Hélène attended Brown University where she studied International Political and Economic Development. While at Brown, she studied conflict resolution and mediation. Her experiences in small claims court mediating tenant-landlord disputes to prevent evictions opened her eyes to systemic power imbalances, especially those between developers and neighborhood groups.
As Director of Academic Partnerships at Education First, Hélène collaborated with teachers in high schools across the United States to create experiential curriculum for students. Her experience managing teams across 8 countries, and in three languages, gave Hélène a strong business background.
The youngest President in the history of the Downtown Boston Rotary Club, Hélène partnered with local non-profits across Boston to bring them volunteers and grant money. During her year as President, Hélène doubled club membership and service hours.
In 2016, a debilitating ATV accident left Hélène fighting for her life. In her recovery, she experienced physical injury, mental health challenges, and financial hardships. Throughout this experience, she watched as others in Boston with fewer resources, support networks, and financial savings struggled to rebound from their own health crises. Hélène decided to run for City Council and work towards a more equitable Boston.
In the summer of 2018, she began knocking doors and talking to voters—they want someone who shows up, listens, and understands the issues they care about. Hélène will be that advocate, a tireless champion for the people and organizations of Boston.
Whether it is addressing the cost of housing, the quality of our transportation system, or the achievement gap in our public schools, Hélène intends to be a tireless public servant for the people and organizations of Boston.