Goodman will succeed Bob Gagosian who has served as Ocean Leadership’s founding President since 2007 and was named President Emeritus by the Board today.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this eminent organization, particularly at a time when the ocean sciences are critical for advancing the understanding of our rapidly changing planet,” Goodman said. “I look forward to working with the Ocean Leadership community to address the challenges facing our coastal and inland communities and to support our oceans’ role in protecting our health, economy, food and national security.”
Ms. Goodman previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CNA, a research organization for national security leaders and public sector organizations. She is 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. Ms. Goodman has served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security) and on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Ms. Goodman serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council, the Joint Ocean Leadership Initiative, the Marshall Legacy Institute, and the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Amherst College, Ms. Goodman has degrees from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government.
“Sherri has a tremendous track record of bringing scientists and policymakers together to tackle the most pressing issues of the day,” said Rob Dunbar, Ocean Leadership Board Chair and Keck Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. “I am excited by the energy and experience she brings to Ocean Leadership.”
“The US scientific enterprise is under intense stress, with stagnant or declining budgets, changing priorities, and increased competition from abroad for the best talent. Against this backdrop, the choice of Sherri Goodman as the next President and CEO of Ocean Leadership is brilliant. She is well-known in leadership circles in Washington, D.C., and her career has been focused on making science relevant to policy makers,” said Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief, Science family of journals.
“It has been a privilege and pleasure to help lead the oceanographic community over the past seven years, a community that has been my family at sea and on land for more than 42 years,” stated outgoing President Bob Gagosian. “I am very confident in turning over the helm to Sherri Goodman, who has the experience, credibility and foresight to lead our community to new successes. I am honored to receive the title of President Emeritus, which I will utilize to continue to advance ocean research and education to the best of my abilities.”
Ocean Leadership represents 95 of the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to shape the future of ocean science. In addition to its advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and education community, Ocean Leadership manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.