Helen Argiroff-Flood – Board Member, Member & Outreach Committee 

Helen currently works in Audience Research & Evaluation at Shedd Aquarium, where she manages research projects, write reports, and gets to talk to aquarium guests about their museum experiences. She’sheld roles in many fields, but what they all have in common is a focus on people –our history, our art, our science and technology, and our shared community. She firmly believesthat museums and scientific institutions have the power to build up thriving, inquisitive, compassionate, and just communities.Helen holds a degree in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, where she focused on Near Eastern Archaeology and minored in Museum Studies and French. After a year interning at the Detroit Institute of Arts, she moved to Chicago to pursue an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, graduating from MAPSS in 2016. Along with varied research experience, Helen has worked in private sector market research, museum development and interpretation, and on several archaeological field projects. Outside of work, she’svolunteered for RefugeeOne as an Englishtutor, and ispolitically active in progressive spaces (it helps to have a partner who works on campaigns!).Trying new bars and restaurants with friends is her favorite past-time. Helen truly enjoys reading(is a member of a Harry Potter book club), loves to travel (day-trips count), and prefers to listen to true crime podcasts while cooking. Born and raised around Detroit, she has enthusiastically adopted Chicago as her own second city.