Sherri Goodman

Leadership Council

Sherri Goodman has had a multidisciplinary career as a national security executive, public policy leader, board director and lawyer. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and CAN (Center for Naval Analyses), and a Senior Advisor for International Security at the Center for Climate and Security.  Previously, she served as the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Formerly, Goodman served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CAN where she was also the founder and Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board. In addition, Goodman served as the first Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security) from 1993-2001 where she oversaw an annual budget of over $5 billion, established the first environmental, safety and health performance metrics for the Department, and led its energy, environmental and natural resource conservation programs. Ms. Goodman has twice received the DoD medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Gold Medal from the National Defense Industrial Association, and the EPA’s Climate Change Award. In addition to the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, Goodman serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council and its Resilience Center, the Marshall Legacy Institute, the National Executive Committee of the U.S. Water Partnership, the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, served on its Arctic Task Force in 2016 and on the Board of its Center for Preventive Action. Previously, she served on the Boards of Blue Star Families, the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, the National Academy of Sciences’ Boards on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES) and Environmental Systems and Toxicology (BEST), the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. A summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College, she has law degree from Harvard Law School and a masters in public policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.