Sheila Maith’s Work Experience
Sheila spent the last twenty plus years working in the non-profit, government and quasi-government sectors. Most recently she was Senior Advisor and prior to that Community Affairs Officer for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. As CAO Sheila managed staff charged with research and outreach on issues of importance to expansion of markets in under-served communities. Her team assessed Community Affairs programs within the Reserve Banks, providing advice on program effectiveness and strategic use of resources. She oversaw the release of a major research report on Concentrated Poverty in America developed jointly with the Brookings Institution.
Prior to joining the Fed, Sheila worked on policy issues from a variety of institutional perspectives, including local and national government, philanthropy and advocacy organizations. She was Managing Director for Leadership and Policy Development at the Fannie Mae Foundation. There she invested in partnerships to advance affordable housing policy. These partnerships included the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Ash Institute at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Sheila also served as Senior Counsel for Economic Issues to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. In that capacity, Sheila advised the Senator in his work on the Joint Economic Committee, crafted legislation in support of microenterprise development that became the PRIME Act, and developed a series of economic summits for state business leaders.
Before working on Capitol Hill Sheila was Director of Federal Policy for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national non-profit intermediary that finances community development corporations. In that capacity she oversaw LISC’s agenda that included banking, economic development, housing and other policy issues important to under-served communities.
As program director at The Enterprise Foundation, now Enterprise Community Partners, Sheila worked with officials in local government looking to increase the supply of affordable housing through public/private partnerships.
Education: Sheila is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has lived in the Washington, DC area since 1991. She received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government. Sheila also received an A.B. in public policy magna cum laude from Duke University where she was an Angier Biddle Duke Scholar.
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