Helaine Klasky

Helaine Klasky was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a BA in political science and graduated with honors in 1986. While working full-time, she earned a Masters of International Relations from American University and a Masters of Education from the University of Virginia. 

In 1986, Ms. Klasky moved to Washington, DC where she began her government service. She was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Treasury and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Communications and Public Affairs at the United States Trade Representative. She began her career in government working on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Senate for Senator Kennedy and DeConcini and spent ten years at the U.S. Department of State in a variety of policy, management and communication positions.

Following her government service, Ms. Klasky was Associate Vice President and Director of Public Affairs for Yale University and Special Assistant to the President. In her role at Yale, she oversaw strategic communications and public affairs to support the university’s major initiatives, including their global expansion and a major push into the sciences.

She joined GE in October 2009, and is a Senior Adviser for GE Business Innovations. In addition to her advisory duties, she is the Chief Communications Officer for GE’s Energy Management. She is responsible for developing and leading global communications and public affairs strategies to enhance market conditioning and commercial growth.