Hofbauer joined in January 2007 as Manager for Partnership Development. She is based at IBP-Mexico City, and works with groups throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America, in the development of capacities for civil society budget work and a South-South transfer and sharing of knowledge in the field.
She currently manages IBP's Civil Society Budget Initiative and the Central America Incentive Fund. Helena worked on refugee issues and human rights in Mexico before becoming the founding Director of Fundar, Centro de Analisis e Investigación, one of the leading budget groups around the world.
Helena worked on health and budgets, gender sensitive budgeting and transparency, at the same time of engaging in the development of comprehensive budget advocacy strategies throughout Mexico and the Latin American region.
Hofbauer earned a BA in International Relations at El Colegio de México, and an MA in International Peace Studies, at the University of Notre Dame.