Sherri Goodman is an executive, lawyer, former defense official and Senate Armed Services Committee staff professional based in Washington DC. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and at the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA). Most recently she served as the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, which manages federally funded science and technology programs and whose members are the nation’s leading ocean science research institutions.
Goodman previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA, a research organization for national security leaders and public sector organizations. She is the founder and Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, whose landmark reports include National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (2007), Powering America’s Economy: Energy Innovation at the Crossroads of National Security Challenges (2010), and National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change (2014), Advanced Energy and US National Security (2017) among others.
Goodman served as the first Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security), responsible for global environmental, energy efficiency, safety and occupational health programs and policies of the Department of Defense. She served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where she was responsible for oversight of the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons complex, including the national laboratories and the defense environmental management program.