Sherri Goodman is Secretary General of the International Military Council on Climate & Security and Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Institute. She is credited with educating a generation of U.S. military and government officials about the nexus between climate change and national security, using her famous coinage, "threat multiplier," to fundamentally reshape the national discourse on the topic.
A former first Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security) and staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Goodman has founded, led, or advised nearly a dozen research organizations on environmental and energy matters, national security, and public policy. She serves on corporate, non-profit, and U.S. government boards and commissions, including the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board and the National Academies' Advisory Board to the U.S. Global Change Research Program. She appears regularly on major news media and is an active public speaker. She holds degrees from Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Amherst College.