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
Barnstable County Commissioner: 2008 – 2016
Chair: 2009, 2015 & Vice- Chair: 2012, 2014
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