Homelessness should not be considered an unsolvable problem. As a community, we can and should do more to help our neighbors experiencing this crisis. I am excited to add a new perspective to this work from my years of experience in the political world to create a bold philanthropic vision that includes risk, innovation, evaluation and leverage. Our grantees and partners are truly inspiring and I am excited to share in their work to tackle this critical issue.
Sheila brings a background in government and public policy to lead our efforts to end homelessness in Washington State. As Homelessness Program Director, Sheila is responsible for overseeing all advocacy and philanthropy efforts in pursuit of that mission. She brings deep experience in developing partnerships at the federal, state and local level, and valuable insights into how advocates and decision makers together shape public policy. Previously, she served on US Senator Patty Murray’s staff, in both Washingtons, most recently serving as her Deputy State Director. She worked on numerous issues in the Senator’s office over the years, from wilderness to women’s health to transit infrastructure and economic development. Sheila holds a B.A. in political science from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She serves on the board of the Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund and has been a long time volunteer at the Yesler Terrace Youth Tutoring Program. Along with her husband, Timothy and dog, Goose, Sheila can often be found exploring new places, taking her dog swimming at Magnusson Park, and whipping up great Italian food.