Harriet Marmon Helmle




Harriet Marmon Helmle, CPA, is the Director of Client Relations for Covenant, a San Antonio based Wealth Management and Financial Planning firm since 2010.  Prior to Covenant, Harriet was a Senior Vice President for Frost Wealth Management Services.  She was at Frost for 13 years.  Before Frost, she was the only female CEO of a financial services firm in San Antonio. Prior to that. Harriet worked for Price Waterhouse and has over 12 years’ experience in public practice with the Big Four public accounting firms and over 39 years’ experience in industry.

Harriet is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and John Marshall High School in San Antonio.  In addition, she attended UTSA for post-graduate courses.

Harriet is widely recognized in San Antonio as the founder of San Antonio Youth Literacy, better known as SAYL.  Founded in 1983, SAYL was the catalyst in San Antonio for many of the “in school” mentoring programs.  SAYL has received both state and national recognition as a model program for business/school partnerships.  The organization continues today as one of the only literacy programs in San Antonio for “in school” children.  Harriet was also responsible for bringing to San Antonio, Communities In Schools (CIS), Girl’s Inc. and the San Antonio Education Partnership.  In 2016, Covenant asked Harriet to develop a San Antonio Affiliate for Social Venture Partners (SVPSA).  SVPSA is a nonprofit organization started in Seattle 20+ years ago.  The purpose of SVPSA is to support non-profit organizations in the Bexar County area by providing consulting services in addition to some funding with the emphasis on the consulting.  The intent is to find innovative non-profits with the desire to build capacity and improve the lives and opportunities for the youth and children of Bexar County.

Some of the boards and commissions Harriet has served or is currently serving on include:

  • Social Venture Partners San Antonio
    • Executive Director 2016 – 2018
    • Board of Directors 2018 – present
    • Treasurer 2018 – present
  • UT Health San Antonio Regional Physician Network (RPN) (ACO)
    • Board of Directors 2018 – present
  • Founder, San Antonio Youth Literacy
  • United Way: Women’s Leadership Council
  • Board Member 2007 to present
  • Texas Business Hall of Fame: Chairman of the Board 2006 – 2007
  • Trustee & Executive Committee
  • Haven for Hope Steering Committee
  • Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
  • Trefoil Selection Committee 2009 – present
  • American Heart Association Go Red Circle 2012 – 2018
  • UTHSC President’s Development Board 2012 – present
  • Children’s Shelter of San Antonio; Board of Directors; Executive Committee
  • Children’s Shelter Advisor to Girl’s Inc. of San Antonio 2010 – 2018
  • Trustee San Antonio Medical Foundation 2006 – present 
  • San Antonio Area Foundation Development Committee
  • Trustee, Texas and San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • KLRN Public Television: Endowment Board of Trustees 2013 – present
  • Executive Committee 2017 – present
  • Director, Rotary Club of San Antonio
  • Texas Governor’s Commission for Women
  • Commissioner, City of San Antonio, Commission on Literacy
  • Board of Directors, America 2000/S.A. Education Coalition
  • Board of Directors, S.A. Education Partnership Fund
  • Founding Board of Directors, Communities in Schools
  • Mayor’s Business Advisory Leaders
  • Audit Committee, State of Texas Treasurer’s Office
  • Advisory Board, San Antonio Business Journal

Some of Harriet’s more prestigious awards are:

  • 2018 Honorary Fellow San Antonio Chapter CPA Society
  • 2013 Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award
  • 2010 Trefoil Award: Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
  • 2010 Girl’s Inc. Strong Smart and Bold Award
  • 2009 Angel of the Children’s Shelter Award
  • San Antonio Business Journal Volunteer of the Year 2010
  • “Investment News” Publication Volunteer of the Year (one of three National Finalists)
  • Faces of the Millineum, Any Baby Can
  • Pillar of the Community Award, Northside ISD
  • Arthritis Foundation Humanitarian Award
  • Liberty Bell Award, San Antonio Bar Association
  • JCPenney Golden Rule Award (National Voluntarism Awards)
  • National Freedom Foundation Award
  • San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Delta Gamma Fraternity Shield Award (U.S. Award)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Texas Society of CPA’s
  • Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year Award, San Antonio and Texas
  • Imagineer Award, Mind Science Foundation
  • Outstanding CPA Chairman, Texas Society of CPA’s
  • Achiever of the Year Award
  • Spirit of American Woman Award, JCPenney
  • Headliners Award, Women in Communication
  • Amigo De Los Edgewood Award