The Washington Post

Sheelah Muhammad

Co-creator, Fresh Moves Mobile Market; Co-founder, Food Desert Action

Sheelah Muhammad is co-founder of Food Desert Action and co-creator of the Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market. Her social enterprise uses innovative community-based solutions to increase access to fresh, healthy food options in low-income, historically excluded and underserved communities. Sheelah is known for her high energy, proactive leadership style and her wide-range of expertise developed over nearly twenty years of professional history. She has successfully worked in domestic and international markets with Fortune 500, government, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. As a social entrepreneur, a naprapath and the daughter of a grocer, Sheelah is ardent about positively shifting the health trajectory of children and families in low-resource communities. She has spent the vast majority of her career creating and implementing organization and strategic program initiatives to advance social, economic, racial and health equity. Her years of experience in community development and social justice have shaped her belief that where you live determines how you live.

Prior to launching Fresh Moves, Sheelah was program officer at Oprah’s Angel Network and The Oprah Winfrey Foundation where she developed and advanced the charity’s research agenda on social determinants of health and health inequities.  She led the Healthy Communities program area focusing on key initiatives linking education, youth development, economic opportunity, housing and community health.

Sheelah currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the Office of Minority Health’s Action Learning Collaborative focused on healthy school food and environments. She is a member of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Cook County Place Matters team, board Treasurer of Healthy Schools Campaign, and a guest lecturer at Northwestern University School of Education & Social Policy. Sheelah holds a Doctorate in Naprapathic Medicine from the National College of Naprapathic Medicine, a BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Making family dinnertime happen
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
New limbs for Pakistani soldiers
Play Videos
A veteran finds healing on a dog sled
Learn to make this twice-baked cookie
How to prevent 'e-barrassment'
Play Videos
Syrian refugee: 'I’m committed to the power of music'
The art of tortilla-making
Michael Bolton's cinematic serenade to Detroit
Play Videos
Circus nuns: These sisters are no act
5 ways to raise girls to be leaders
Cool off with sno-balls, a New Orleans treat