Executive Director, City of Philadelphia’s Office of Workforce Development
For more than 25 years, Sheila Ireland has been responsible for the successful leadership of human resources, training and workforce development functions in the non-profit, healthcare, consulting, government and manufacturing fields. For the past six months, she has served as the Deputy Director for Diversity & Inclusion for Rebuild – the City’s initiative to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to improve parks, recreation centers and libraries across Philadelphia. Prior to joining the City, Ireland previously served as the Vice President of Workforce Solutions at University City District (UCD). She was the founding Director of West Philadelphia Skills Initiative and led its growth to prominence as a national model for innovation and success in workforce development programming. She also launched and shepherded the growth of Green City Works, UCD’s first social venture, which expanded the demographic footprint of workforce development in West Philadelphia by bringing a new industry to West Philadelphia and expanding job opportunities for individuals with higher barriers to employment.
Ireland graduated with honors from Community College of Philadelphia with an A.A.S. in Finance, Temple University with a B.B.A. in Human Resources Management, and LaSalle University with a M.S. in Human Capital Development. She also holds a SPHR certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.