Dianne Sherman


Part-time Faculty


Dianne Sherman leads her own Washington, DC-based communications consulting practice focused on devising communications and advocacy strategies to ignite positive and lasting change.

Much of her work has centered on advancing the rights and well-being of women and children throughout the developing world. She has worked with such organizations Save the Children, the United Nations, PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), and the Frontline Health Care Workers Coalition.

Prior to beginning her own consulting practice, Dianne served as head of public affairs and communications at Save the Children where she spearheaded a number of successful initiatives, including the One World, One Wish campaign to protect women and children caught in war and conflict, and the landmark State of the World’s Mothers annual reports. She formerly served as a director of communications and outreach at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) offices specializing in global health and women’s issues.

As a graduate of Mount Vernon College, Dianne is proud to have served on the Board of Directors of the GW Alumni Association, and as an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She has served on many boards and committees, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Narrative Project, Co-Chair of the Senior Global Communicators Group, Executive Committee of the Global Health Council, Chair of the Public Policy and Communications Committee of the US Coalition for Child Survival, Media Chair of the Environmental Inaugural Ball, and a Founder and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Communicators Network.

She has received several awards, including from the Natural Resources Defense Council for her writing on population and the environment. Former Vice President Al Gore was among the six award recipients.

Strategic Communications and Advocacy, Media Training, Message Development, NGOs, Global Health, Women and Children’s Issues

PowerTalk: Communicating Global Issues to the public and policymakers through effective message development, media training and strategic communications and advocacy planning.