Sherri W. Goodman

Office of the President
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

Sherri Goodman is senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of the CNA Corporation. Goodman has been recognized for her leadership in creating the Military Advisory Board and leading its projects on National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (2007), Powering America’s Defense: Energy & the Risks to National Security (2009), Powering America’s Economy: Energy Innovation at the Crossroads of National Security Challenges (2010), and Ensuring America’s Freedom of Movement: A National Security Imperative to Reduce US Oil Dependence (2011).

From 1993 to 2001, Goodman served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security). As the chief environmental, safety, and occupational health officer for the Department of Defense (DOD), she oversaw an annual budget of over $5 billion. She established the first environmental, safety, and health performance metrics for the Department and, as the nation’s largest energy user, led its energy, environmental, and natural resource conservation programs. Overseeing the President’s plan for revitalizing base closure communities, she ensured that 80% of base closure property became available for transfer and reuse. Goodman has twice received the DOD medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Gold Medal from the National Defense Industrial Association, and the EPA’s Climate Change Award.

Goodman served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee for Committee Chairman Senator Sam Nunn. She practiced law at Goodwin Procter, serving as both a litigator and environmental attorney. She also worked at RAND and SAIC.

Goodman serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council of the U.S., including its Executive Committee, Blue Star Families, Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Joint Ocean Commission Leadership Council, Marshall Legacy Institute, National Academy of Sciences’ Board on  Energy and Environmental Systems, the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of its Center for Preventive Action. 

Goodman has testified before numerous committees of the U.S. Congress and conducted interviews with print, television, radio, and online media. She has published widely in various print and online media and in legal and scholarly journals. She was an adjunct lecturer in International Affairs and Security at the Kennedy School of Government and an adjunct research fellow at the Kennedy School’s Center for Science and International Affairs.

A graduate of Amherst College, Goodman has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Return to CNA Corporation Leadership