Sheila Mulcahy

Executive Director

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.” - Karol Jozef Wojtyla

Ms. Mulcahy brings to her role at Brilla nearly two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, including leadership in the foundation and education communities, board management and participation, and expertise on programmatic growth.

As the former vice president and first hired employee of the William E. Simon Foundation, she played a key role in the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, which included a focus on education for underprivileged, urban youth, and policy research in the areas of educational choice and school reform.  During her tenure, Ms. Mulcahy oversaw the day-to-day operations of the foundation and the distribution of $90 million in grants.  In addition, she has served as leadership chair of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark’s Catholic Education Commission, as a Trustee of the Mustard Seed School (Hoboken, NJ), and on the selection committees for the Manhattan Institute’s Prize in Social Entrepreneurship and for the Superintendent of Schools of the Diocese of Paterson, NJ.  Ms. Mulcahy earned her B.A. from the University of Rhode Island and her Masters degree from NYU.  She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband and two daughters.