Let Urgency Conquer Fear

It's amazing to see how crises can drive individuals, agencies, communities and governments to break down barriers, bureaucracies and beliefs about what is possible, and JUST DO. And I think: what if we acted like that every day to be part of solutions to some of the world's most intractable—but totally achievable—challenges?!

Sheila joined the Case Foundation in 2014 as the Senior Vice President for Social Innovation. She leads the Foundation’s efforts to develop and implement mission-driven domestic and international initiatives, expand tech for good platforms, cultivate partnerships, promote entrepreneurial approaches to social change and build a robust portfolio of social and impact investments.

Sheila is an executive with more than 20 years of experience in international development and U.S. foreign policy, focused on aid innovation and effectiveness, monitoring and evaluation, and economic analysis. She was previously with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. foreign assistance agency working to reduce poverty through economic growth, where she served as vice president for policy and evaluation. She led a team of 50 policy and technical experts focused on development trends, aid innovation and effectiveness, monitoring and evaluation and economic analysis, and managed a $500 million policy reform program. Under Sheila’s leadership, MCC earned the ranking of #1 transparent aid agency in the world by pushing an open data policy and the use of rigorous independent evaluations of MCC programs to advance learning and share best practices.

Before joining MCC, Sheila was a senior policy director at the Center for Global Development (CGD), an independent, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to reducing global poverty and inequality and making globalization work for the poor. Prior to CGD, Sheila served in senior management positions at the U.S. Department of Treasury, including deputy director of the office of development policy and adviser to the U.S. executive director of the African Development Bank. As a proven leader in her field, she also served as a senior advisor on the Obama administration’s foreign policy transition team.

Sheila received her M.A. from American University’s School of International Service with a focus on international development and development finance, and her B.A. in Economics from William Smith College. She also serves on the U.S. Advisory Council to Publish What You Fund, a nonprofit organization that campaigns for aid transparency.

She is honored to be married to a man who is a true partner in every respect and is blessed with four amazing children.