Sheila McDaniel currently serves as the deputy director of finance and administration at The Studio Museum in Harlem, a position she has held for the past thirteen years. In this role, McDaniel serves as the chief financial, administrative, and information officer for a major New York City cultural institution that has an annual operating budget over $6 million. In addition, she serves as a member of the leadership team responsible for the implementation of the museum’s strategic plan.
McDaniel spent several years in the corporate insurance industry after her studies in economics at Talladega College. In 1990, she relocated to New York from her hometown of Philadelphia. Committed to the idea of community service, she left corporate America and began working in the not-for-profit arena. McDaniel has more than twenty years of non-profit management experience, including senior positions in finance and operations. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, budget development and analysis, change management implementation, fiscal management, and quality assurance.
McDaniel currently serves as board treasurer for the Bronx Arts Foundation, where she has been a member of the board since 2008. Additionally, she was a visiting professor in the Arts and Cultural Management program at Pratt Institute, providing students with invaluable knowledge about financial literacy, specifically the analytical skills necessary to manage earned and donated funds while also maintaining the integrity of the organization’s programming and services. McDaniel has also served as the associate executive director of operations at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc., where she operated as the chief financial and operations officer and simultaneously managed an annual operating budget of over $5 million. In addition, McDaniel contributed to the leadership team responsible for the implementation of the agency’s strategic plan, which included the opening of Harvey Milk High School.