Sheila Lirio Marcelo is a Filipina American Founder, former Chairwoman and CEO of Care.com. Marcelo founded her company in 2006, and under her leadership, Care.com became the world’s largest marketplace for providing care, serving more than 35 million people across 20 countries and growing more than 100% year-over-year from its founding in 2006, until the company went public in 2014. Committed to building a company that can be both profitable and mission-based, Sheila drove innovation across Care.com’s platforms and services to enable families to find care, and for caregivers to receive meaningful work, while also leveraging the company’s data and reach to drive systemic change across the care economy as a whole. In 2020, Care.com was acquired by holding company IAC.
Over the course of Care.com’s growth, Marcelo has also been honored with numerous accolades, including one of the “Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs” at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and Fortune Magazine. She is a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Marcelo also co-founded Landit, the career-centric online platform that connects women and diverse groups with such resources as career coaching and personal branding tools. In January 2021, Marcelo joined venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA), where she’s focused on helping other female founders get the funding they need.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Marcelo graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mt. Holyoke College, which also conferred upon her an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters in 2015. Marcelo earned both her JD and MBA with honors from Harvard University, and in 2014, was the youngest recipient of the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award.
“I’ve long believed that education is one of the most powerful tools in bridging cultures and bringing people together to create change. My role at TAAF will be in service of building that understanding through sharing stories and amplifying voices. The more we learn about one another, the more we can stand in solidarity with our community, allies and partners to create a more just and equitable future for all.”