In 2016, Mayor Jim Kenney appointed Sheila Hess to the position of City Representative for the City of Philadelphia. Her office is the ceremonial and special events department which serves as Philadelphia’s events production, public relations and hospitality-tourism arm. Her foray into civic service in her beloved city is a dream come true. She relishes the opportunity to “tell the City’s story,” connecting the perfect union of projects and people. With pride, passion and purpose, Sheila, 48, currently serves on a variety of non-profit boards: Back on My Feet Phila; Police Athletic League (PAL), LEADERSHIP Philadelphia; Visit Philly, Historic Phila, Inc., Greater Phila Film Office, PHLCVB, Marian Anderson Award; and Fred’s Footsteps.
She is a former board member and now a devoted ambassador for Variety — The Children’s Charity – which provides assistance to children and youth with physical and developmental disabilities. She is a difference maker, and has earned a reputation as a stellar coalition builder and compassionate, energetic advocate for the disabled, disadvantaged and underserved. Sheila joined the city after an accomplished 24-year career at Independence Blue Cross (IBC), where she proudly served as Director IBC Foundation & Community Affairs.
Sheila is the recipient of the 2016 Philadelphia Pinnacle Award from her alma mater, St. Maria Goretti H.S. in South Philly. She was recognized as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2007 and earned the distinction as one of the city’s “Top 101 Emerging Connectors” by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. She is a Temple University graduate and recipient of the Diamond Excellence Award presented by Temple University Young Alumni in 2010. In 2016, she garnered national attention from ESPN Radio, WDAS Radio’s Women To Watch program and was identified as one of five Philadelphia women moving the needle in the City of Brotherly Love by Philadelphia Style magazine.
Sheila was born with Spina Bifida and is a lifelong resident of South Philadelphia, where she currently resides with her husband Michael.