Shaina Doar' Bio
Before Sidewalk Labs, Shaina served as the Chief of Staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Economic Council in Chicago. In that role, she created the city’s economic development agenda for both terms under Mayor Emanuel’s leadership. Upon his election and with the support of over 150 leaders in Chicago, Shaina led the creation of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, a comprehensive plan for the city to build economic clusters, foster small business growth, invest in critical infrastructure and develop a 21st century workforce. In this capacity, Shaina led job creation efforts leading to the relocation of major corporations into Chicago. She advised on critical infrastructure financing projects that leveraged public money with private investment, including the build of the Riverwalk, a $800M investment, a $200M energy retrofit program, and led the creation of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. To build the innovation ecosystem in Chicago, Shaina helped Chicago leverage private capital and federal dollars to launch a med-tech incubator, MATTER, a hardware incubator, MHUB, and a $350M applied R&D institute for digital manufacturing.
Prior to her role in Chicago, Shaina was a consultant at McKinsey and Company where she worked with local governments around the world on economic development efforts, workforce development efforts, retail growth and transforming higher education.
Shaina has served on several civic non-profit economic development boards, including Accion Chicago, a nonprofit organization that supports underserved entrepreneurs with capital, and the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Chicago. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a BS from the University of Notre Dame. Shaina lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three daughters.