Board of Directors

Sheila Young grew up in Brookfield climbing trees, skiing, skating, sailing, swimming, and catching toads in Eiche’s Pond.

After graduating from Northwestern University, she worked in marketing, promotions, and public relations in Chicago, London, Tokyo, and New York, primarily for such news organizations as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today International and New Century Network.

Her nonprofit experience includes the British Heart Foundation and FOCUS Information Services, both in London. In 1999, Sheila successfully convinced her husband to relocate to Madison to raise their three children near family, in the gentle rolling hills and seasonal beauty of Wisconsin. She is currently serving a second term on the Board of Trustees for Madison Country Day School and a seventh year on the Parks and Recreation Committee in the Village of Maple Bluff.

I’m a conservation voter because after living and traveling in some of the world’s most polluted cities, I realize how precious and vulnerable our environment truly is. I want my children to inherit an earth that is as safe, clean and beautiful as it was for my grandfathers, who grew up farming in Alma Center and swimming in the Milwaukee River. I see Wisconsin Conservation Voters as a place where Wisconsin citizens can unite to bridge their political divisions, because no matter which side of the aisle you favor, we all breathe the same air, drink the same water, and work and walk the same land.