It is with profound gratitude that I thank Wendy R. Sherman for her service to the Department and the American people as Deputy Secretary of State.
When I first joined the Department of State in 1993, Wendy had already an established reputation for tackling the toughest foreign policy challenges head on and being an extraordinary colleague and a mentor. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with her both in and out of government, across administrations, on some of the most pressing issues of our time. More importantly, in our nearly three decades working together I have had the privilege of relying on Wendy as not just a confidante, but also a friend.
President Biden asked Wendy to serve in this role because he knew he could count on her to help revitalize America’s alliances and partnerships and manage our complex relationships with competitors.
Wendy has helped lead our engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the region where the history of the 21st century will be written. She has deepened our bonds with our friends around the world, especially with the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the European Union. She has overseen our efforts to strengthen the Department’s capabilities to manage our relationship with the People’s Republic of China, and built greater convergence with allies and partners. In the lead-up to and following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, she played a central role in developing and implementing a unified response with allies in Europe and Asia to defend Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity and to impose.
Wendy broke barriers as our first female Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and our first female Deputy Secretary of State. Her remarkable career – which spans more than three decades, three Presidents, and five Secretaries of State – addressed some of the toughest foreign policy challenges of our time. Our nation is safer and more secure, and our partnerships more robust, due to her leadership.
On behalf of the Department, I thank Wendy for her service. I wish her and her family all the best in their next chapter.