Director of Communications
Shaheen Syal joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in February 2012 as its first director of communications. Shaheen is responsible for building awareness of ZSR’s mission, grantmaking and programs; providing appropriate information to stakeholders; and furthering the role of ZSR as a leader on issues of current importance to the state. Prior to this position, Shaheen worked as director of communications and outreach for the e-NC Authority, the state’s former broadband authority, established in 2000 by the General Assembly. She previously worked as a producer/writer for Capitol Broadcasting Company’s Emmy-Award winning television series, NC Wanted. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Public Policy Analysis and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, she is a Roy H. Park Fellow and a two-time Emmy-Nominated producer by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 2015, Shaheen was selected as one of the Triad Business Journal's 40 Leaders Under 40. She is vice-chair of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County; on the boards of the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden and Helen Simoneau Danse; and a graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem. Shaheen is a native of North Carolina.