Ann Helfman

Director of Operations

Ana Calderon

Born and raised in New Jersey, I moved to Massachusetts to attend college and stayed for 14 years before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2018. I earned an undergraduate degree in Government and Economics from Harvard College and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. I developed my passion for college access and success through my work in the greater Boston area as a Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools, a College Counseling Intern at City on a Hill Charter Public High School, and a Senior Mentor and Resident Assistant at Crimson Summer Academy. In 2010, I joined Bottom Line, an organization that supports underrepresented students to and through college. I first served as a Senior College Counselor, working with a caseload of high school and college students, and went on to lead Bottom Line’s College Access Program in Massachusetts. Before coming to Making Waves, I was the New England College Access Director for Let’s Get Ready, leading their efforts to serve 1,100 high school students from 20 historically underserved communities across New England with near-peer mentoring, SAT prep, and college advising. I am excited to bring my leadership, program operations experience, and passion for the mission to the Making Waves College and Alumni Program.