2016 Leadership in Philanthropy Honoree



The Asian Pacific Fund Annual Gala is a celebration of philanthropic leadership in the Bay Area. A special part of the evening is the presentation of our Leadership in Philanthropy Award. The award recognizes individuals who have attained great success in their field while also being a role model for giving back.  This year’s honoree is Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com.

Sheila founded Care.com to respond to her own family’s needs for both quality child care and senior care. Today, the company is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, with more than 20.7 million members across 18 countries.

As Care.com has grown and scaled, Sheila has been honored with numerous accolades, including one of the “Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs” at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit (2009) and Fortune Magazine (2014), the youngest recipient of the lifetime award by HBS – the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award (2014), and bestowed one of the highest honors for Filipinos, the Filipino Heritage Award or Pamana ng Pilipino from President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines.

Sheila is a Board Trustee of the Philippine Development Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with the Philippine government on education, innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. In addition, she sits on the Advisory Board for the Harvard Business School Rock 100 Entrepreneurs Summit, and is an advisor to several start-up companies.

Sheila founded WomenUp.org in 2010 to increase women’s roles in the global economy by providing leadership training, mentorship and support to girls and women through every stage of their lives and careers. A frequent speaker on women in technology and female entrepreneurship and leadership, Sheila has spoken alongside President Obama at the White House Summit on Working Families (2014), with global political and business leaders at The World Economic Forum (2013, 2015), and to emerging female leaders at Harvard University (2013) and CEOs at Northeastern University (2013).

Sheila graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Economics and received her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, with honors and the Dean’s Award from Harvard University.