Sheila joined Equality Federation in 2024 as the Vice President of Programs, where she leads the programs team in expanding and improving future programs in support of its 46-state based partner organizations. Previously, she served as the Engagement Director at Giffords for four years, where she crafted and cultivated strategic partnerships, and conducted grasstops and grassroots engagement at the national and state level.
An expert on LGBTQ+ equality and gun violence prevention, Sheila has authored numerous articles, issue briefs and reports, and frequently speaks at conferences and events around the country.
Prior, she was the first National Political Director at the NAACP, where she strengthened the organization’s legislative and community infrastructure with capacity programs at the national, state and local level. Additionally, she worked at the LGBTQ Victory Institute as the Director of Domestic Programs and the Center for American Progress as a Policy/Campaign Manager. She also gained a wealth of experience at the National Black Justice Coalition, AFL-CIO and Community Change.
Sheila graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Politics and Philosophy, and earned a JD from Howard University School of Law, where she was a member of the Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team. She is a proud Nigerian-American and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
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