Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall (born 1959)[1] is an American national security expert and energy leader who served as the United States Deputy Secretary of Energy from October 2014 to January 20, 2017. Previously, she was White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control and, before that, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs since January 2009.[2] As of August 2018, she is a Distinguished Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with joint appointments at the Nunn School of International Affairs and the Strategic Energy Institute.[3]  She is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.[4] She advises national laboratories, energy investment funds and start-ups.[5]

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
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United States Deputy Secretary of Energy
In office
October 10, 2014 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDaniel Poneman
Succeeded byDan Brouillette
Personal details
Elizabeth Sherwood

1959 (age 60–61)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jeffrey Randall
Alma materHarvard University(AB)
Balliol College, Oxford(DPhil)

At the Department of Energy she launched a major initiative in partnership with leaders of the American electricity, oil and gas sectors to tackle emerging cyber and physical challenges to the power grid.[6] Her White House Coordinator responsibilities included defense policy and budgeting; the DOD-DOE nuclear weapons enterprise; military sexual assault prevention; the Prague arms control agenda; and the destruction of Syria's declared chemical weapons. She served as the Presidential Sherpa for the Nuclear Security Summit in 2014, which mobilized actions to take fissile materials off the global playing field.[7][8] As Senior Director for European Affairs, she focused on revitalizing America's unique network of alliance relationships and strengthening cooperation with 49 countries and three international institutions in Europe (NATO, the EU, and the OSCE) to advance U.S. global interests.[9]

From 1997 to 2008, she was Founding Senior Advisor of the Preventive Defense Project at Stanford University. In the Clinton administration, from 1994 to 1996, Sherwood-Randall served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia.[10]

Early life and educationEdit

Sherwood-Randall's father, Richard E. Sherwood, was a senior partner in a Los Angeles law firm,[11][12] a patron of the arts in Los Angeles,[13] and a leader of the Asia Society and the Rand-UCLA Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.[14] She has one brother, Ben Sherwood.[15] She received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University, and a doctorate in international relations[16] from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar[17] at Balliol College. She and her brother, Ben Sherwood, were the first sister and brother in the same family to win Rhodes Scholarships.[15]

Her Harvard roommate was future United States Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.[18]

Deputy Secretary of EnergyEdit

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall was nominated by President Barack Obama to be Deputy Secretary of Energy on July 8, 2014, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 18, 2014.[19]


She has published widely on national security issues, mainly on U.S alliances and nuclear proliferation.[20] Her first book, Allies in Crisis: Meeting Global Challenges to Western Security, looked at the history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and described how it handled crises outside of Europe without weakening the organization.[21] In 2006, she wrote Alliances and American National Security, which makes the case for modernizing U.S. alliances as a means to reach the nation's security goals.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to neurosurgeon Jeffrey Randall.[23] They have two sons, Richard and William.[24]


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ "White House Announces New Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Former Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy Appointed to Georgia Tech". Georgia Tech - Strategic Energy Institute.
  4. ^ "Fellow: Elizabeth D. Sherwood-Randall".
  5. ^ "Book Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall".
  6. ^ "Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall's Remarks at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection -- As Prepared". February 13, 2015.
  7. ^ Post, Karen DeYoung for the Washington. "Rivals united in operation to destroy Assad's chemical arsenal". the Guardian. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Sherwood-Randall, Elizabeth (July 24, 2014). "Opening Statement Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Bio from Testimony of the Honorable Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall to the House Armed Services Committee" (PDF). docs.house.gov. U.S. House of Representatives. June 25, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall - Strategic Studies Institute". www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil. Archived from the original on September 22, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "Richard Sherwood, 64, Lawyer and Museum Chief". The New York Times. April 9, 1999. Retrieved May 12, 2009.
  12. ^ "Weddings/Celebrations; Karen Kehela, Ben Sherwood". The New York Times. March 30, 2003. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  13. ^ OLIVER, MYRNA (April 9, 1993). "Richard Sherwood, Noted Arts Patron, Dies". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  14. ^ Pace, Eric (April 9, 1993). "Richard Sherwood, 64, Lawyer and Museum Chief". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  15. ^ a b "How to Succeed in Television: The rise and rise and rise of ABC's Ben Sherwood". New York Magazine. January 13, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  16. ^ "FSI | CISAC - Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall". cisac.fsi.stanford.edu. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  17. ^ "Rhodes Scholars: complete list, 1903-2015". The Rhodes Scholarships. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  18. ^ Sanger, David E. (July 8, 2014). "Obama to Pick Defense Aide for Energy Post". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  19. ^ "Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a Top White House National Security Council Official, Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Department of Energy". Energy.gov. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  20. ^ "Dr. Elizabeth D. Sherwood-Randall - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs". belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  21. ^ Sherwood, Ms Elizabeth D. (September 10, 1990). Allies in Crisis: Meeting Global Challenges to Western Security (First Printing ed.). Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300041705.
  22. ^ "Alliances and American National Security - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs". belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  23. ^ The Washingtonian Magazine: "Luxury Home Sales: Big Money, Big Houses" February 21, 2014
  24. ^ Department of Energy: "Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall Opening Statement Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee" July 24, 2014

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Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Poneman
United States Deputy Secretary of Energy
Succeeded by
Dan Brouillette