Sheila Avrin McLean

Sheila Avrin McLean is a strategy consultant to international nonprofit and professional services organizations. She was formerly president and chief executive officer of the Boyden World Corporation. Prior to that, Ms. McLean was president of the Association of Executive Search Consultants. Her earlier positions included serving as Vice President of Education and the Arts and Executive Director, South Africa Programs, at the Institute of International Education, where she developed and ran innovative education and exchange programs in Asia, Africa, and Europe. She was founder and CEO of McLean & Company, which provided advisory services to clients such as the World Bank and the Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie, and Aga Khan Foundations on building civil society institutions and strategic change. She also served as general counsel for the U.S. International Development Cooperation Agency. Earlier in her career, she spent a decade as Associate General Counsel and a senior corporate officer of the Ford Foundation, where she developed and ran its human rights grants program in South Africa. She began her career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a New York City law firm. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as a director of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Ms. McLean’s publications include two books about international philanthropy. She is a graduate of Smith College and Yale Law School.