Sheilah Kavaney, MBA

School finance & Staffing

Sheilah uses her experience in finance, operations, human resources, technology, and strategy to create transformative plans for our education clients.

Sheilah has over 20 years of experience in education. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member in Houston, Texas. After two years in the classroom, she co-founded YES (Youth Engaged in Service) Prep and led the school to Texas’s highest school rating – exemplary status. In 2004, Sheilah built the charter management organization(CMO) structure allowing YES PREP, and subsequently KIPP Austin, to grow in size and quality. Currently, Sheilah is a Director with Great MN Schools where she manages strategic investments in proven and promising schools, providing the expert guidance, funding and resources needed to create a community of great schools.

Using her strong analytical skills, Sheilah supports Bloom’s financial modeling and financial planning work for our education clients. She has a particular interest in making schools as financially efficient as possible while meeting student needs. In her previous work at KIPP Austin and YES Prep, Sheilah lead the operations work to open eight schools; including the purchase and renovation of multiple school facilities. This experience helps Sheilah support our clients who are looking to expand their school footprint and ensure that they are financially prepared to succeed in growth.

Sheilah holds an MBA and Public & Nonprofit Management Certificate from Boston University and a BA in Biology from Earlham College in Indiana.