Missouri's First Lady Sheena Greitens
First Lady Sheena Chestnut Greitens was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, the oldest of four children. She graduated from Stanford University and attended the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar. She earned a PhD in Government from Harvard University, and published an award-winning book based on her doctoral research on East Asia in 2016.
Today she serves as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, where she does research and teaches Missouri’s students about democracy and dictatorship, East Asian politics, and American national security and foreign policy in Asia. She is the first known working spouse in the Governor’s Mansion, and, as a working mother, is a strong advocate for women’s participation and leadership in public life.
She and Governor Eric Greitens were married in 2011, and are the proud parents of two sons, Joshua and Jacob. They enjoy spending time together as a family reading, baking cookies, or being outdoors at one of Missouri’s many state parks and hiking trails.
As First Lady, Sheena focuses on foster care and adoption, an interest sparked by the adoption of her younger sister. Her initiatives have included improvements to Missouri’s child abuse reporting hotline; streamlining the process for inter-state adoptions from foster care; providing birth certificates to foster children; and distributing books to foster families and organizations throughout Missouri. As an educator and a mother, Sheena believes strongly in the importance of protecting our most vulnerable children and strengthening families across the state.