Helen started working with FIA in 2021 as a Portfolio Analyst in the Portfolio Management Team. Helen supports the team of Regional Investment Foresters, Operations Managers and Portfolio Managers on U.S.-based timberland.
Prior to her current role, Helen worked as a Business Intelligence Analyst for Campbell Global. Other roles she held at Campbell Global, included Forest Resource Analyst and Forest Planning Analyst. The combination of roles provided a holistic look at the timberland investment business involved leveraging data to inform better and quicker decision making.
Prior to entering the corporate world, Helen received her Master’s degree from Texas A&M University at the Galveston campus. While there, she pursued multiple research projects, including her published thesis on the relationship between urban development and run-off.
What is your business philosophy?
I believe in utilizing technological advancements and advanced analytics of the current age to inform better decision making. Data-driven decision making involves leveraging the enormous analytical capabilities of the 21st century and relying on facts in conjunction with experience to enhance the decision-making process.
Why did you choose this field / career path?
I have always had a desire to pursue a career in analytics in a natural resources industry. Having received my Master’s in the marine science discipline, transitioning to forestry was a natural step given my desire to live in the Pacific Northwest. While working in this career, I saw the value of financial analytics in conjunction with the natural resource analytics and as a result pursued an MBA at Oregon State University.
What is one of the best lessons you’ve learned during your career?
Amazing outcomes come with collaboration and diverse teams. I have learned that teams are the strongest when there are members from a variety of backgrounds who can contribute unique perspectives and collectively reach an outcome that is not possible as individuals.