Sheila serves as GFI’s Director of Communications, helping the organization accelerate a global shift to a healthier food future via thought leadership, messaging, and multi-sector engagement. An award-winning science communicator, Sheila joins GFI following a decade serving as Vice President of Education at Missouri Botanical Garden, a St. Louis-based global plant science institution. In this role, she convened and led regional biodiversity coalitions, developed green workforce programs, and grew capacity for nature-based solutions. From 2016-2018, Sheila served on the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity’s Informal Advisory Committee for Communications, Education, and Public Awareness, a group of experts from 25 countries focused on mainstreaming biodiversity throughout policies and popular culture. Before MBG, she worked in the corporate sector leading global wildlife conservation partnerships and advancing sustainability practices focused on energy, water, and waste. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Sciences, Public Administration and Policy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University.