Sherri Goodman: Climate change is a threat multiplier

Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (1993-2001)

“Something is going to happen in the future years, and we’re not going to be prepared.”

As Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Environmental Security, a role she held from 1993 to 2001, she was responsible for environment, safety and occupational health for the nation’s largest industrial organization, the Department of Defense.  During her tenure, the Department of Defense went from being an environmental laggard to being an environmental and clean energy leader.

In February, Goodman became the Chief Executive Officer and President of The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, whose members are the 100 leading ocean research education institutions, aquaria and industry, with the mission to shape the future of ocean science, technology and policy.

From 2001-2015, Ms. Goodman served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA, a non-profit research organization that provides analyses and solutions for national security leaders and public sector organizations.  She is also the founder and Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, whose landmark reports include National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (2007), and National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change (2014), among others.

She holds both a law degree and a master’s in public policy from Harvard.

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