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Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a Perry World House Visiting Fellow, served as the U.S. deputy secretary of energy from 2014 to 2017 and as special assistant to the president at the National Security Council where she was White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering WMD and Arms Control from 2013-2014 and Senior Director for European Affairs from 2009-2013. For more than two decades, she has worked to counter the proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction around the world.
Sherwood-Randall is currently a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a distinguished professor of practice the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a senior energy-national security fellow at the school’s Strategic Energy Institute.
Earlier in her career, Sherwood-Randall served as Chief Foreign Affairs and Defense Policy Advisor to Senator Joe Biden. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her doctorate at Oxford University, where she was among the early ranks of female Rhodes Scholars.