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Sheila Herrling


Sheila Herrling is a Senior Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Innovation where she pursues initiatives in impact investing and measurement, inclusive entrepreneurship and social innovation at scale. Previously, Herrling served as Senior Vice President for Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, where she drove social campaigns in impact investing and inclusive entrepreneurship, deployed tech-for-good platforms across multiple initiatives and built cross-sector alliances for impact at scale. Prior to that, Herrling served as 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. Previous appointments include Senior Advisor to the Obama administration’s foreign policy transition team, Senior Policy Director at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and a range of senior management positions at the U.S. Department of Treasury and the African Development Bank.

Herrling has over 25 years of experience in international development, U.S. foreign policy, innovative finance, and entrepreneurship in a career that has spanned government, non-profit and philanthropy. Through both her professional and personal philanthropic engagements, she has focused squarely on inclusion and equity. She chairs the Energy for Growth Hub and serves on the National Board of SEED Spot; she serves on the Advisory Boards of Halcyon Incubator, Forward Cities and George Mason’s Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council.

Herrling holds a M.A. from American University’s School of International Service and a B.A. in Economics from William Smith College. She is married with two small and two not-so-small children.

Education: American University, MA International Development; William Smith College, BA Economics

Hometown: Arlington, VA

Favorite Quote: “Be curious, not judgmental” Walt Whitman

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