- Research Associate
Helia Bidad is a Research Associate in the Philanthropy and Recruiting practices at CEA. In the philanthropy practice, she has worked on agricultural, transportation, and marine issues through strategic planning, research, analysis, stakeholder engagement, and program implementation. Her work in the recruiting practice has spanned from diversity, equity, and inclusion support to supporting searches for nonprofit and for profit organizations in the environmental sector. Her clients have included, among others, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the ClimateWorks Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, the 11th Hour Project, and the Goldman Environmental Foundation.
Prior to joining CEA, Helia was an Agroecological Fellow at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm, an urban farm in the East Bay that serves as a hub for research, education, and food justice, providing sustainable food to the local community. She also conducted research for UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources and Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment.
Helia received a Bachelor of Science (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) in Society and Environment and a minor in Geospatial Information Science and Technology from the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated as a University Medal Finalist and received the major citation as the top graduating student in her major. She conducted research and fieldwork in Iran for her honors thesis on the perspectives of saffron farmers in the Khorasan province of Iran on climate change and technological development. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, exploring the local foodscape, and yoga.