Human Service Collaborative
1728 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, #224
Washington, DC 20007
Sheila A. Pires, MPA, is a founding partner of the Human Service Collaborative of Washington, DC, a policy and technical assistance group specializing in child and family service systems. Ms. Pires has over 30 years of experience in national, state, and local government and non-profit agencies serving children, youth, and families at risk. She has held senior staff and management positions in the U.S. House of Representatives; the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare; and the Carter White House. She co-chaired the children’s mental health and substance abuse committee of President Clinton’s Task Force on Health Care Reform, and co-authored the children’s issue brief and policy recommendations for President Bush’s New Freedom Mental Health Commission. She serves as the senior consultant to the Children in Managed Care Program at the Center for Health Care Strategies and is on the boards of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and the National Wraparound Initiative. At the state and local level, Ms. Pires served as deputy commissioner of social services for the District of Columbia and, prior to that, led a reorganization of the city’s child mental health system as head of child mental health services. She has consulted with many states, counties, cities, neighborhoods, and family organizations and has authored numerous publications on systems change, including Building Systems of Care: A Primer (Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development). Ms. Pires received her BA degree from Boston University and a master in public administration degree from Harvard University.