The Emerging Voices in National Security and Intelligence Program
at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents:

A Conversation with Wendy R. Sherman
United States Deputy Secretary of State

Moderated by Peter Clement, Senior Research Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Hosted by Keren Yarhi-Milo, Director, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies


Wendy R. Sherman was confirmed by the Senate on April 13, 2021 and sworn in as the 21st and first female Deputy Secretary of State on April 14, 2021. Prior to assuming this position, Deputy Secretary Sherman was professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was also a Senior Fellow at the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group. From 2011 – 2015, Deputy Secretary Sherman served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, traveling to 54 countries, and led the U.S. negotiating team that reached agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran for which, among other diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama. She previously served at the State Department as Counselor under Secretary Madeleine Albright, as Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea, and as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs under Secretary Warren Christopher. Deputy Secretary Sherman also previously served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, was Chair of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America, and served on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board and Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism. Deputy Secretary Sherman attended Smith College, and received a B.A. cum laude from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Social Work, Phi Kappa Phi, from the University of Maryland.