I have dedicated my adult life to service, first to our country, and now to our local community.”— Sheila Gilmour
Sheila joined the the Air Force in 2002 as a Russian linguist and intelligence analyst. She was later promoted to Staff Sergeant where she supervised analysts documenting human rights violations during the Global War on Terror. After re-enlisting and moving to Misawa, Japan she served in her Commander’s Strategic Planning Office as the Compliance Management Program Coordinator, inspecting work areas for compliance with OSHA, implementing policies to maintain compliance with military and government regulations, and protecting U.S. citizens’ Fourth Amendment Rights against illegal search and seizure during intelligence collection operations.
While serving on active duty, Sheila earned her bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science. After leaving the military, she earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst — studying organizational theory, public management, and various policy topics including housing, education, and social inequality. Her Capstone project examined the relationship between homelessness among domestic violence survivors and fluctuations in public housing policies under different iterations of the Violence Against Women Act.
Since 2015, Sheila has volunteered for her union, University Staff Association (USA), part of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. She has served as Chair of the Stewards Council, the Communications Coordinator, and as Vice President. She has fought workplace discrimination, including ageism, ableism, racism, sexism, and homophobia. She has experience in contract negotiations, mediation, and workforce development. As Vice President, she worked with USA’s new President to usher in a new era of transparency and accountability.
Sheila currently serves on the Greenfield City Council, representing Precinct 6. She has served on Appointments and Ordinances (A&O) and Economic Development (EDC). She currently serves as chair of A&O. She has spoken out against privatizing DPW services, advocated for increased funding for our public schools, and championed environmental green initiatives. She is an active volunteer in our community, as are her husband, Eric, and their three sons, Augie, James, and Xavier, who attend Greenfield Public Schools.