Siobhan Sheils is a Senior Associate with The Cohen Group and brings nearly a decade of experience advising US Department of State and National Security Council leadership on matters of strategic communication and policy development.
From 2015-2017, Ms. Sheils was Director for Central America and the Caribbean at the National Security Council, where she led development of a Presidential Policy Directive on the reestablishment of US-Cuba ties. Ms. Sheils briefed members of the business, academic, and diaspora communities on policy changes to promote commercial and people-to-people linkages with Cuba, including in the areas of science and technology, agriculture, and health.
Prior to working at the White House, Ms. Sheils served in a variety of foreign policy and program management roles at the Department of State. As a Special Assistant to two Deputy Secretaries of State and the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, she advised top State Department decision-makers. While serving as Desk Officer for Guatemala, she supported efforts to resolve a dispute under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement and partnered with the US Embassy in Guatemala City to encourage the growth of American business in the region. Ms. Sheils also served as a Program Analyst in the Bureau of Human Resources and Staff Assistant in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. She is the recipient of a State Department superior honor award and four meritorious honor awards, and speaks Spanish.
Ms. Sheils is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. She holds a Masters of International Relations and Masters in Public Relations from Syracuse University. After earning her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College, Ms. Sheils joined Teach For America and taught eighth grade English for four years in the South Bronx and Newark, New Jersey. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.