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Wendy Sherman & John Kerry

Social Workers in Politics: Wendy Sherman

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant

Wendy Sherman Named Acting Deputy At State

Secretary of State John Kerry has named the Under secretary of Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman as Acting Deputy. While she will assume the duties of the deputy secretary she will retain her current title. (Source)

Sherman graduated received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland in 1976. She worked in Baltimore as a community organizer working on such issues as domestic violence a poverty. She served as Senator Barbara Mikulski’s (also a social worker) Chief of Staff. She has also served as the Director of EMILY’s List, Special Advisor the President Clinton, and as Policy Coordinator on North Korea. In 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed her Under Secretary of Political Affair.

There is a great article from AlMonitor that you can read here. It specifically talks about her background as a social worker and community organizer. My favorite quote in the article comes from Thomas Pickering who, when referencing Sherman’s social work background, said:

Wendy Sherman’s early career as a social worker and community organizer was excellent, if perhaps unlikely preparation for her current role as lead US Iran negotiator, said the veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering. “In every sense of the word, she has moved from dealing with those problems that individuals have in our society to the greatest challenges facing us on earth today,” (source)

 Social Worker Nick Haynes Is Running For Congress

Nick Haynes is running for the US House of Representatives in Texas District  17. He has an MSW from Baylor University, where he also earned a BA in International Studies.As a social worker he worked with veterans at the VA as well as with the homeless.

While the district has a long history of being represented by Democrats, it elected Republican Bill Flores in 2010. It is highly unlikely the Haynes will be able to unseat him.

Photo Credit: By U.S. Department of State from United States [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.


  1. Great post Rachel! This is great to see a Social Worker in political action!!!


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