Sheelah Muhammad is a social entrepreneur, business model strategist, consultant and facilitator with over 2 decades of working across sectors in domestic and international markets to implement organizational and strategic solutions to advance social, economic, racial and health equity. Her proactive leadership style, high energy and wide range of experiences have helped organizations and leaders think strategically, work collaboratively, build effective teams, enhance organizational effectiveness and improve social impact. She is a skilled facilitator known for fostering and managing complex, multidimensional relationships.
As an impact-driven leader inspired by her father, a food sovereign activist and grocery-store owner who delivered groceries to under-served Chicago neighborhoods, Sheelah co-founded an award winning mobile produce market that quickly became a nationally recognized model for healthy food distribution, community empowerment, self-reliance and resilience. She previously served as program officer at Oprah’s Angel Network, where she helped create homes and reinvigorate culture and community for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. She also developed and advanced the charity’s research agenda on social determinants of health.
Sheelah currently leads the Healthy & Safe Communities program area at the Steans Family Foundation in Chicago. Her work focuses on economic development through the advancement of Black entrepreneurship and meaningful work for historically excluded populations.
She received a D.N. from the National College of Naprapathic Medicine, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.