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Sheila Lyons

Sheila Lyons

Sheila Lyons recently stepped down from her elected position as Barnstable County
Commissioner, a position she held for eight years. As Commissioner, she represented the
County on various intergovernmental and non-profit boards.

During her time in office, Sheila was an outspoken advocate for Cape Cod, leading the County’s
influence in areas of the environment and wastewater remediation, poverty, opioid addiction
and smart economic growth.

A Boston native, Sheila began her career as a geriatric social worker, working in the
communities of South Boston and Cambridge. She relocated to Maryland to work as a Director
of Social Service and staff development in the long-term healthcare industry.

Over the years, Sheila was always politically active and is the former Chair of the Democratic
Women of Howard County, Chair of the Wellfleet Democratic Town Committee and Vice
President of the Cape and Islands Democratic Council.

Sheila lives in Wellfleet and has one daughter who lives in New York City.





  • University of Maryland Baltimore

Masters of Social Work

  • University of Maryland College Park

BS Business Administration

  • Boston University School of Management

Institute of Executive Non-Profit Management

Core Certificate Program


Public Service

Barnstable County Commissioner: 2008 – 2016

Chair: 2009, 2015 & Vice- Chair: 2012, 2014

Board Membership

Chief Elected Official, (CEO), Workforce Investment Board: 2011- 2016

Chair, Barnstable County Ad Hoc Committee on Risk Analysis of Vegetation Management 2010

Chair, Regional Network To End Homelessness: 2008 – 2016

Convener & Chair, Regional Task Force on Substance Abuse: January 2014 to 2016

County Representative, Cape Cod Commission: 2008-2011

County Representative, Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative:

2008 – 2015

County Representative, Barnstable County Cooperative Extension:

Jan 2011- 2016

County Representative, Children’s Cove: 2009-2012

County Representative, National Seashore Advisory Committee: 2009 –present

County Representative, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod: 2012 – 2015

Representative to the Assembly of Delegates Wellfleet:  2006-2008

Delegate Alternate, Human Service Advisory Council: 2006- 2008



Board Member, Cape Cod American Red Cross: 2010 – 2013

Board Member, Wellfleet Preservation Hall: 2008-2011

Board Member, Veterans Outreach Grace Center2009-2013