Sheila Namakula was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. She is a completing a double major in African American Studies (concentration in Development and Policy) and Urban Studies at Wayne State University. She is also a student assistant in the Survey Research Unit at Wayne State’s Center for Urban Studies. She has previously served as a board member for the African Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Detroit. She has also volunteered as an income tax preparer and financial coach with the Accounting Aid Society assisting qualifying low income families file their income taxes as well get onto a path of financial wellness by developing SMART goals. As a cultural ambassador with Global Detroit, she volunteered as an ESL Tutor in Hamtramck assisting new Americans from Bangladesh with their English skills. After Wayne State, Sheila plans to complete a dual Masters degree in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture.