About Helen Moon
Moving Forward Together
City Councilor Helen Moon is a registered nurse and the Director of Special Projects at the Office of the Berkshire District Attorney. She has been a resident of Pittsfield since she moved here from Hampden County in 2009.
She moved to the Berkshires to attend nursing school at Berkshire Community College. She continued with her nursing degree, completing her Bachelors of Nursing at Elms College in 2015. Since then Moon has formed a personal and professional community in the Berkshires.
Prior to moving to the Berkshires, Moon has spent her personal and professional life advocating for the youth and under served. While studying American Studies, with a concentration in Asian American Studies and the Civil Rights Movement, at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Moon lived in an intentional house in Dorchester, Mass. The purpose of the intentional house was to work collaboratively to improve the area with community outreach. Collectively, they worked together to establish a community center, employ at-risk youth with planting and maintaining the community garden, as well as host weekly movie nights for the neighborhood. In addition to volunteering her time with the community center, Moon was also employed through a work-studies program at the Little House to be an educational coordinator for the at-risk youth in an after school program in Dorchester.
After UMass Boston, Moon stayed in the Boston area and was employed as a residential and school councilor at Germaine Lawrence in Arlington, Mass. While a councilor, Moon worked to establish a therapeutic home and school environment for adolescent girls with severe emotional and behavioral issues, through evidence-based cognitive-behavioral practices.
Throughout her time in Boston, Moon has partnered with various organizations to impart lasting changes to the youth in Boston. In addition, Moon has contributed her time with Korean-American youth groups, as well as working weekly at a food pantry in Somerville. Known as Loaves and Fishes, the local food pantry distributed hot meals, groceries and conversation to homeless individuals, many of whom were veterans.
It is her love of children and people, from all walks of life, that has lead Moon to travel abroad. She has spent summers in Oaxaca, Mexico, teaching English in youth summer camps. Another summer was spent in Cairo, Egypt where she participated in women's empowerment groups. Probably her most impressionable trip was to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she worked for a summer as the director of a Somalian refugee children's summer program in 2007. It was there that she learned the meaning of leadership through service. While organizing a group of volunteer activists, Moon designed a summer camp for Somalian kids ranging from ages 5-18, with limited English abilities. Through her leadership, the refugee children participated in classes that included art, math, computer competency, English as a second language, and interpretive dances.
With your help, Moon was elected to her first term as the Ward 1 City Councilor. She hopes to continue to utilize her skills in communication, collaboration, and critical thinking to listen to Ward 1 residents, and help shape the conversation for the future of Pittsfield. It is through her dedication to hard work, and her intersectional background, empowered by her life experiences that Moon asks for your vote for reelection as the Ward 1 City Councilor.