Wayne State University
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Sheilah P. Clay

President and CEO
Neighborhood Service Organization

Sheilah P. Clay has been the President and CEO of Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) since 2000. This $31 million Detroit-based nonprofit human service organization provides mental health, addiction treatment, crisis intervention/suicide prevention, homelessness, early childhood education, youth leadership and workforce development and violence prevention, supportive housing development, and much more to individuals and families in Wayne and Oakland counties. Sheilah is the visionary leader of a $52 million awarding winning restoration of the former historic Michigan Bell Building into permanent supportive housing for the homeless.

Additionally, Sheilah has served on the Farmington Board of Education since 2006.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch, Michigan Nonprofit Association,   Michigan League for Public Policy, Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc., and ConsumerLink Network.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Community Investment Support Fund, Southeastern Michigan Public Policy Task Force, Non-Profit Leadership Collaborative of the Michigan Harvard Business School Club, Detroit Economic Club, Community Advisory Group of the Southeast Michigan Partners Against Cancer Center, Farmington African-American Parent Network (Founder), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Word of Faith International Christian Center.

Ms. Clay received her bachelor’s degree in psychology/secondary education from Spelman College and her master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Wayne State University College of Education. She is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXIV, a McGregor Fund Eugene Miller Fellow, a member of the 2014 class of Leadership America, a national program of Leadership Women, a member of ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership.

Ms. Clay has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Carla Javits Award from Campaign to End Homelessness, 2012 Oakland County NAACP Hall of Fame Award, 2014 Finalist in the Channel 7 Annual Detroit 20/20 Award, 2013 Woman of Vision from Plymouth Church of Christ, 2013 Community Service Award from Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, 2012 and 2014 Woman of Excellence from Michigan Chronicle, 2014 Farmington Multi-Cultural/Multi-Racial Community Award, 2014 Mariam C. Noland Award from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, 2014 Paul E. Bridgewater Award from the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, and several years in Who’s Who in Black Detroit.