Helen O’Reilly

Chief Legal Counsel

Helen O’Reilly was appointed SCO’s Chief Legal Officer in April 2024, where she represents SCO in all legal matters, provides legal guidance to the President, Executive Council, and staff, and acts in an advisory capacity on major projects. As Chief Legal Counsel, Helen leads SCO’s in-house legal services department, reviews contractual agreements, and serves as the liaison for outside legal counsel to ensure that SCO complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

Helen joins SCO with over twelve years of legal experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. She served as the inaugural General Counsel at the Fresh Air Fund where she provided legal and business advice on a wide range of matters, and was previously a Litigation Attorney at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, a global legal practice that advises corporate, foundation, and not-for-profit clients.

Helen is keenly aware of the significant impact of human services agencies, having started her professional career as Parent Advocate for vulnerable children and families in the New York City juvenile justice system.

She received her BS from Georgetown University and her JD from Yale Law School.


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