Shellie Pfohl (1985)

Executive Director, President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, Washington, D.C.


Shellie Pfohl was appointed by President Barack Obama in February, 2010 to serve as Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN).  The Council is charged with educating, engaging and empowering Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to live a more active, healthy lifestyle.

Prior to joining the Council, Shellie served as Senior Vice President of Partnerships for HOPSports, Inc. where she created strategic partnerships with state, national and international organizations and corporations seeking health and physical education resources for schools and community organizations.

Ms. Pfohl also co-founded and served as Executive Director of Be Active North Carolina, a non-profit organization that works statewide to increase physical activity among North Carolina citizens.  While there, she oversaw the training of more than 40,000 classroom teachers on the implementation of the Healthy Active Children Policy to incorporate physical activity into classroom settings throughout the state.

Shellie was a founding director of Be Active America, a national non-profit advocacy organization.  She served as executive director of the North Carolina Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health from 1990 to 1998, and was head of the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She was also Assistant Director of the National Association of Governor’s Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports for three years (1986-1988) and planned and implemented the first International Conference on Physical Fitness and Nutrition.

Ms. Pfohl received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology/Fitness Leadership from Northern Illinois University.

She also earned a certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XIII.