Candidate Spotlight:

Helen Tai

State House

District 178

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Helen Tai was elected as State Representative of the 178th Legislative District in the May 15 Special Election. As a public servant, business owner and community volunteer, Helen Tai is committed to partnering with people and organizations to find common sense solutions.

Prior to winning the May 15 Special Election, Helen served on the Solebury Township board of supervisors for 4 1/2 years. Solebury residents appreciated her regular communications, bringing transparency to the township government, her ability to bring people together and her effectiveness in addressing local issues, such as keeping water clean and safe and eliminating government waste.

Building on her two decades of experience partnering with organizations and people to reach their goals, 10 years ago she started Enabling Innovation, LLC, a consulting firm that uses proven business improvement methodologies to drive transformational innovation.

Previously she was at Johnson & Johnson’s consumer products division, where she trained and coached senior management in developing and implementing business vision, mission, and strategies, led global process improvement projects, and worked as a statistician. She also worked at other companies, including G.D. Searle and Company and Information Resources, Inc. 

With a fourth degree black belt in the martial art of aikido, Helen and her husband founded Fearless Heart Aikido in New Hope, where they teach their students the philosophy and wisdom of aikido.

Additionally, she is a long-time Penn State Master Gardener volunteer, who educates the public about best practices in sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship.

Born and raised in Detroit and the surrounding area, the daughter of Chinese immigrants earned her bachelor of science in statistics from the University of Michigan and a masters of arts in statistics from Penn State.

Before calling Solebury home in 2000, she lived and worked in a variety of places, in the U.S. and abroad including China and the Philippines.

Helen and her husband of 30 years, sculptor John McDevitt, are frequently seen walking on the towpath with their dog Cosmo.

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