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Sheila Herrling

Sr. Fellow, Beeck Center for Social Innovation

Sheila is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in international development, U.S. foreign policy, innovative finance and entrepreneurship. She is a recognized leader in impact investing, inclusive entrepreneurship, effective philanthropy, social movement building and impact measurement. Her career has spanned government, non-profit and philanthropy; her focus across them all has been squarely focused on inclusion and equity.

As Senior Vice President for Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, Sheila has led strategy and programs, including driving movements in impact investing and inclusive entrepreneurship, deploying tech for good platforms and leveraging cross-sector alliances for impact. She served as a senior advisor on the Obama administration’s foreign policy transition team and was later appointed Senior Vice President for Policy and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) where she oversaw country selection, economic analysis, evaluation and a large policy reform program.  She also served as Senior Policy Director at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and in senior management positions at the U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington, DC and the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Sheila holds a M.A. from American University’s School of International Service and a B.A. in Economics from William Smith College. She chairs the Energy for Growth Hub, serves on the National Board of SEED SPOT and on the Advisory Boards of Halcyon Incubator, Forward Cities and George Mason’s Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council.

Sheila feels blessed to be married to a husband who is a partner in every way and has four children she absolutely adores.

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