Helena Scott is a lifelong resident of the City of Detroit and District 7 she is a product of the Detroit Public Schools she attended Boynton Elementary School, graduated from Samuel C. Mumford High School, and earned a B.A. in Psychology from Marygrove College with a Minor in Political Science. She is a 2016 Emerge Michigan Fellow and a 2018 Urban Policy Institute Fellow.
In 2019 Helena served District 7 as the Community Liaison for Michigan State Representative LaTanya Garrett (currently serving her last term as State Representative). Representative Garrett has endorsed Helena Scott for the Michigan State House District 7.
As a community leader and social justice advocate Helena is passionate about serving her community. She has over 15 years of organizing, labor and community activism. For the past 4 years she has worked as a Lead Organizer for Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice (SEMJwJ) a unity coalition of over 70 union labor, community and faith based organizations. Prior to joining SEMJwJ’s staff as a paid organizer advocating for worker and human rights she volunteered her time due to her commitment and passion for the work of SEMJwJ.
In 2017 organizing for SEMJwJ on the One Fair Wage & Earned Paid Sick Time Campaigns she collected over 5,000 signatures for The One Fair Wage (OFW) Ballot Initiative to raise the wages for restaurant and tipped workers. Helena currently serves on the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) Protect and Defend Steering Committee to continue advocating for fair wages for restaurant workers.
Helena serves as the 1st Vice Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus and is a Vice Chair for the 14th Congressional District Democratic Party, and President of the Westside Slate. She is a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and also serves on the NAACP Political Action Committee. She is a former Financial Trustee for SEMJwJ, and former Treasurer for The Metro-Detroit Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), additionally a former Training Coordinator and Executive Board member for the Detroit League of Women Voters (LWV).
Her parents, both union members ignited her commitment to the labor movement. Helena’s mother was a Detroit Public School 3rd grade Teacher, and her father was a Construction Laborer. Helena worked for 21 years as a Reservations Sales and Service Trainer in Reservation Sales and Ticketing at United Airlines and was a member of the International Association of Machinist (IAM).
Helena’s dedication and commitment to service was also developed through her family’s years of service to the city of Detroit. Her husband, Rick Scott, served as Assistant Ombudsman for the City of Detroit for 10 years and her sister-in-law, the late Detroit City Councilwoman President Pro-Tem Brenda M. Scott, was passionate about protecting the rights of labor workers during her tenure on Detroit City Council from 1994 to 2002 prior to her untimely death.
Because of her commitment to community Helena also serves as a Precinct Delegate #239 in the Bagley Community District and is an active member of the Bagley Community Council where she has lived for over 25 years with her husband Rick where they raised their two young adult children, Ricky R. Scott II and Samantha R. Scott. Helena is a member of Saint Moses of the Black Catholic Church, a member of the Mumford High School Alumni Association and The Motor City Jack & Jill of America Associate Group.