Sheila Bernus Dowd

A serial entrepreneur, visionary, community builder, and speaker, Sheila leads Clever Girls Collective’s overall vision and strategic alliances. Clever Girls Collective, Inc. is a technology-driven social media company. Their suite of products connect brands with a vetted network of over 7,000 bloggers.

Over the last 18 years, Sheila’s led dozens of high-performance teams and raised over $10M in operating capital for social venture start-ups. While Executive Director of Public Allies (holding the same position as Michelle Obama), Sheila ran the Silicon Valley office, developing a new platform to train the next generation of non-profit leaders, and creating a national tech plan for 10 sites. Sheila was responsible for long-term strategic planning at Project Cornerstone, where she formed partnerships to engage Silicon Valley’s businesses, elected officials, schools, and residents to expand youth development programs impacting over 450,000 children. As co-founder of the Left Coast Live music festival and conference, Sheila has been directly responsible for securing sponsors and hiring the emerging artists who showcase the best of the West Coast, revitalizing San Jose’s music scene.

She blogs about raising Silicon Valley children on her personal blog Xiaolinmama. She is slightly obsessive about NCAA Men’s Basketball March Madness and Bloody Mary’s.


John Dowd

A seasoned product manager with both a technical and business background, John is experienced in leading cross-functional teams, identifying opportunities and building software products to address them. He excels at collaborating with product development, engineering, marketing, business operations, customers and partners. Thrives working in dynamic, fast-paced start-up environments.

Most recently, John has been helping companies understand and build out their mobile and online presence leveraging the newest technologies and trends including working with top tier athletes on a platform delivering content through feature phones, smartphones and social media. Prior to that, John worked at a startup creating an online classifieds ad platform and an internet naming platform.


Clever Girls Collective
Your brand reaching 40 million women a month. That's Clever.

Clever Girls is changing the way online influencers interact with brands. A group of beautifully diverse and savvy women (and yes, some awesome men) who love social media, who are powerful networkers, who radiate influence, who share information because it’s “what they do.”

Left Coast Live Music Festival
The Sound of Things to Come

Annual week long music festival and conference in downtown San Jose featuring hundreds of local, regional and national acts as well as music and technology panelists. What started as an idea quickly became a movement for revival of live music downtown.

A peek into the style and stories behind every door

We line up for home tours. We brake for open houses. We peek through fences. We fantasize. We want to get in! We started Lookiloos to indulge the inner lookiloo in all of us, to showcase beautiful homes and gardens with original photos and stories, to give decorating tips and remodeling ideas and create a community to share our stories of home. Peek inside with us.

Contact Us

For more information email us at info at dowd dot org.