Helena Poleo has spent over 20 years in political communications, starting as a reporter for daily publications and magazines before making the switch to public relations. Her career as a reporter included being foreign correspondent for Venezuelan publications, covering politics, immigration and local news for the Miami Herald, the Sun-Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald. Helena made the transition from reporting to public relations in 2008, when she joined City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz as his spokesperson, at a time when he was president of the United States Conference of Mayors. When Mayor Diaz left office, Helena became part of the Media Relations team for Florida Power and Light before returning to public service as Public Information Officer for the City of Doral. After creating the Public Information office in the new city, Helena decided it was time to put her experience to work for several clients and launched Influence Communications. Helena’s experience spans public affairs, Hispanic and Latin American issues, arts and culture and many others. Helena uses her experience as a reporter and her extensive network of press contacts to secure the best coverage for her clients.
Helena has extensive on-camera experience, in both Spanish and English, and is often on television analyzing local political and media issues, as well as Venezuelan issues.
Helena serves as Board Member of The Education Fund and the Andrea Castillo Foundation, as a Mentor as part of the Women of Tomorrow program, and is a graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami program. Helena also served as Chair of the Young Patrons Board of the Miami Science Museum and Board Member of the Overtown Rhythm and Art Festival.
A native of Venezuela, Helena graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 from the Journalism school of Florida International University.