Wendy Sherman

American diplomat (born 1949)

Wendy Ruth Sherman (born June 7, 1949)[1] is an American professor and diplomat.[2][3] Sherman has been the United States Deputy Secretary of State since April 14, 2021. She is a professor of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.[4] She was also the lead negotiator for the Iran nuclear deal.[5]

Wendy Sherman
Deputy Secretary Sherman's Official Photo (51142275093).jpg
21st United States Deputy Secretary of State
Assumed office
April 14, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
LeaderAntony Blinken
Preceded byStephen Biegun
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
In office
September 21, 2011 – October 2, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byTom Shannon (acting)
Succeeded byTom Shannon
Counselor of the United States Department of State
In office
August 6, 1997 – January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byTim Wirth
Succeeded byPhilip D. Zelikow
Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
In office
May 12, 1993 – March 29, 1996
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJanet G. Mullins Grissom
Succeeded byBarbara Larkin
Personal details
Born (1949-06-07) June 7, 1949 (age 73)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
EducationSmith College
Boston University (BA)
University of Maryland, Baltimore (MSW)

On January 5, 2021 President-elect Joe Biden nominated Sherman to be United States Deputy Secretary of State under Antony Blinken.[6] She was confirmed to the United States Senate on April 13, 2021.


  1. "Wendy R. Sherman". U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian. September 21, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  2. Pazzanese, Christina (2020-01-06). "Wendy Sherman on where we are as Iran shrugs off nuclear deal". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  3. Carter, Cathy (2020-02-17). "In Sarasota, Obama Official Talks Foreign Policy, Calls Killing Of Iranian General 'A Risk'". WUSF News. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  4. "Amb. Wendy R. Sherman". cpl.hks.harvard.edu. Archived from the original on 2019-06-26. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  5. Wickenden, Dorothy (2018-05-18). "An Architect of the Iran Deal Sees Her Work Crumbling". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  6. "Biden to tap more Obama vets to fill key national security roles". POLITICO. Retrieved 2021-01-05.