Jacaranda School bioblitz - IDing species

About

PAJE Consulting

PAJE is a unique consultancy formed to collaborate, advise, and advocate at the nexus of social justice, wellbeing, and the restoration and recovery of biodiversity and our climate. The solutions for our future must be imaginative, equitable, and bold, reaching beyond our supposed limitations. PAJE works collaboratively with governments, nonprofits, and community groups to address the complex dynamics of societal systems and structures by crafting and implementing innovative solutions and forming effective stakeholder coalitions for transitions that drive timely action and transformative change.

Rosalind Helfand, MPhil, Founder

Rosalind is an expert in environmental and social policy, strategy, and advocacy. Recognizing the urgent need to unite the social justice and environmental communities, Rosalind earned her Masters in environmental Conservation Leadership from Cambridge University, where she researched solutions to our local and global environmental challenges with a team of experienced conservationists from 16 nations. She later published A Call for Collective Crisis Leadership with fellow Conservation Leadership alumni.

In 2020, Rosalind conducted local environmental leadership research in Malawi, leading to her article in Renewables in Africa discussing local leadership for solar energy. She currently leads an initiative to engage the state of California with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, for which she organized coalition support, and she co-leads a global team to develop a virtual Global Green Recovery Collaborative platform.

Rosalind’s extensive work in social justice and gender equity includes directing advocacy programming for the West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference, directing the West Hollywood Human Rights Speakers Series, and organizing reproductive and environmental justice programs with the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles. She’s advocated extensively with elected officials, as well. In much of her work, she builds and leads coalitions and super coalitions that unite diverse communities, organizations, and networks.

Rosalind’s experience in the arts and education informs her policy work and nuanced approach to building coalitions, facilitation, and systems leadership, as well. She’s led some of Southern California’s largest literacy and cultural programs, and she’s experienced at presenting and teaching in a variety of forums. Rosalind also holds a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

View her LinkedIn Profile HERE.

Selected Publications

California’s Opportunity to Shape Worldwide Biodiversity Policy

Op-ed in The Revelator | June 2021 | Coauthored with Assemblymember Laura Friedman and Mike Young

The Influx of Plastic Waste by International Fossil Fuel and Chemicals Companies into Africa

Policy position statement | October 2020 | Coauthored with Awoyemi, S. et al.

Fight Fire with Fire: We Can’t Breathe, But We Can Speak

Op-ed in Los Angeleno | September 2020

A call for collective crisis leadership

Editorial in Oryx | July 2020 | Coauthored with Ngwenya, N. et al.

Lessons from Malawi: Solar Energy Needs Local Leaders

Article in Renewables in Africa | May 2020

Achieving Transformative Change for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Position paper with BirdLife International | November 2019