AMBASSADOR WENDY SHERMAN
Counselor of the
Department of State
Wendy R. Sherman was sworn in as Counselor of the Department of State by Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright on August 6, 1997. She was confirmed by the Senate on July 24, 1997 with the rank of Ambassador for the tenure of her service. Ambassador Sherman serves the Secretary of State as a special advisor and consultant on major issues of foreign policy, and provides guidance to the Department on such matters.
Prior to assuming this position, from April 1996 to July 1997, Ms. Sherman was President and CEO of the Fannie Mae Foundation. There, she set in place the groundwork for the newly-created foundation which was developed to promote homeownerhip. Known for her managerial, communications and strategic skills, Ms. Sherman has worked for over 20 years in both public and private sectors, in national organizations and in neighborhoods, and as an appointed representative of the U.S. President.
From 1993 to 1996, Ms. Sherman was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs in the Department of State, where she directed the legislative efforts of the State Department with the U.S. Congress.
From 1991 to 1993, Ms. Sherman specialized in strategic communications as a partner in the political and media consulting firm of Doak, Shrum, Harris and Sherman. Prior to that, she directed Emily's List, the largest financial and political resource for pro-choice Democratic women candidates. She is credited with the strategic development of the organization, which impelled groundbreaking numbers of candidates in 1992.
Relying on her strong managerial skills, Ms. Sherman directed Campaign '88 for the Democratic National Committee, where she oversaw field and political operations, communications, Congressional relations, constituency operations, issue development and coordination with all federal, state and local campaigns and state parties during the 1988 general election.
Prior to that, Ms. Sherman worked in a variety of positions in both government and non-profit organizations: she served as chief of staff for 3 years for Senator Barbara Mikulski, then a Congresswoman from Maryland; she was appointed the Special Secretary for Children and Youth in Maryland (a cabinet-level position); and she directed Maryland's Office of Child Welfare, where she supervised protective services, foster care, adoptions and group homes.
Ms. Sherman attended Smith College from 1967 to 1969, and completed her B.A. cum laude from Boston University in 1971. In 1976, she earned a Master's degree in Social Work, Phi Kappa Phi, from the University of Maryland.
She is married to Bruce Stokes and has a daughter, Sarah.
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