Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, Women in Tech & Business

Dr. Gina Helfrich is Communications Director and Program Manager for Diversity & Inclusion at NumFOCUS, a non-profit that supports better science through open code.

Gina is a dynamic and effective leader with experience driving communications and marketing efforts in a variety of professional settings, from higher education to nonprofits to technology. She is an expert in women’s leadership and gender equity with over 12 years of experience working to advance diversity and inclusion. She values work that creates and sustains social good, with particular passions for education and gender equity.

Gina has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. With the exception of her promotion to Director at the Harvard College Women’s Center, she has been the first person to hold every full-time professional position she has occupied. In July 2015, Gina co-founded recruitHER, a women-owned recruiting & consulting firm committed to making the tech industry more inclusive and diverse. The marketing strategy Gina developed and executed for recruitHER attracted national attention, including feature stories in both Austin Monthly and Austin Woman magazines, a talk at SXSW, and an interview on the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast. Gina is a frequent speaker and was invited to speak at the 2016 Texas Conference for Women.

Gina lives in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys swing dancing, rock climbing, and improv comedy.