Sheila currently works for MamásConPoder/ MomsRising as a North Carolina Campaign Director. She is also a parent leader and trainer for the Division of Public Health, Children and Youth Branch, NC Department of Health and Human Services. She serves on many committees including the North Carolina Pediatric Society and NC Child board. Sheila has worked at Durham Early Head Start and Children’s Developmental Services. She has participated in many pieces of training, such as Triple P and Touch Points. Sheila has helped organize and lead different campaigns around the country. She has been a speaker for other events in English and Spanish. Sheila was one of the seven finalists for the vacant Durham city council seat. She was one of the youngest cast members for the Listen to Your Mother show and a recipient of the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award in 2015.
Sheila Arias was born in Mexico. She came to the United States at the age of 12 years old. Sheila and her father are raising her two children, her daughter, fourteen, and her son, ten years old, fully bilingual.
Sheila considers herself a feminist activist for human rights. Her children are her biggest motivation in life.
Sheila’s goals are to continue to open doors for others and bring more Hispanic voices to the round table conversations.
"When you walk through that door of opportunity... you don't slam it shut behind you. Could you hold it open?"
- First Lady Michelle Obama.