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The Napa Valley Vine Trail Appoints Shawn Casey-White as Executive Director

12/15/2021

An accomplished executive with a progressive track record, Casey-White comes from the American Heart Association and brings more than two decades of experience in philanthropy to Napa’s grass-roots nonprofit

The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition today announced that leading philanthropic executive, Shawn Casey-White, has been appointed as the coalition’s new Executive Director. Casey-White most recently served as Senior Vice President of the American Heart Association and replaces retiring Executive Director, Philip Sales, who has been the driving force behind the Vine Trail since the beginning. 

“We are thrilled to have someone with Shawn Casey-White’s caliber join our team,” said Chuck McMinn, Founder and Board President of The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition. “Philip Sales has done a stellar job building our incredible trail system and Shawn is the perfect leader to take over and complete our vision of a trail from end to end in Napa and Solano County. 

As Executive Director, Shawn Casey-White is responsible for supervising and controlling day-to-day affairs of the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition, as well as the activities of the staff. She is responsible for the Vine Trail Coalition’s programs and the execution of its mission including fiscal management, fundraising, organization, strategy, and operations. 

“Shawn will bring her substantial experience of working for a national nonprofit to the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition,” said retiring Executive Director, Philip Sales. “Her proven ability to create innovative funding strategies will be a huge advantage as we look forward to pushing this project over the finish line. She will have the opportunity to work with and leverage the goodwill of the community and the representatives from the twenty-eight diverse organizations that comprise the Napa Valley Vine Trail board. I look forward to witnessing new growth under her leadership.” 

Casey-White has an impressive track record in fast paced, dynamic, healthcare, public health, and philanthropic pursuits. She spent twenty-six years in various roles for the American Heart Association and most recently as the Senior Vice President of Field Development and Operations for the Association, where she spent five years building power partnerships and tripling philanthropic investment in Los Angeles to address the social influences on health equity. She recruited a new board of directors and executive leadership that reflected community and industry, to achieve policy and systems wins. She also collaborated to launch the Los Angeles community based Social Impact Fund, National Teaching Garden Network, NFL Play 60 community pilot, Produce RX, and the Tele-Health Social Support Circles.

Casey-White and her husband have returned to their roots in Napa to be closer to family and close friends. Her great grandfather moved to St. Helena in 1915 and various family members have made the valley home ever since. 

She says, “I really wanted to make the Napa community my home again and invest my resources in this unique valley. The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition allows me to do just that. I can be a part of something special for our local community, while applying my experience to further grow the amazing opportunities of the Vine Trail.” 

Join us in welcoming Shawn at a public meet and greet to discuss the Vine Trail initiatives for 2022. This open forum for the community will be held on January 12th from 4 – 6 p.m. at Vineyard 29’s downtown Napa tasting room at First Street Napa, 1300 First Street, Suite 305.

Space is limited and proof of vaccination is required. Please RSVP to shelly@vinetrail.org.