U.S.Ambassador Robert Sherman
Robert A. Sherman of Boston, Massachusetts arrived in Lisbon on April 5, 2014 to serve as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal. He presented his credentials to the President of the Portuguese Republic, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, on May 30th, 2014.
Since his arrival in Portugal, Ambassador Sherman has prioritized 21st century economic diplomacy. He has traveled the country speaking to local leaders from government and the business community to learn first-hand about their challenges and opportunities. In partnership with the Portuguese government, Ambassador Sherman has employed a grassroots approach to engagement with local businesses, and even rode a Harley Davidson in Alentejo on the first of several trips around the country to raise visibility regarding the benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
One of Ambassador Sherman’s main goals has been to promote bilateral investment. He led a delegation of Portuguese investors and businesses to the SelectUSA Summit in Washington in March 2015. He has also brought American investors to Portugal, to understand the high quality of Portuguese innovation and entrepreneurship. For example, in June 2015, the U.S. Embassy organized a Biotech and Life Sciences Trade Mission led by Nobel Laureate Dr. Craig Mello to foster cooperation and business opportunities between Portuguese and American research institutions, investors and businesses.
Ninety days after arriving in Portugal, Ambassador Sherman and his wife Kim Sawyer launched Connect to Success, the Embassy’s flagship initiative in women’s entrepreneurship, which is composed of a corporate mentorship program, an MBA/Masters Consulting program, and free practical business workshops.
In an increasingly interdependent world, containing complex threats and challenges, the Ambassador has pursued President Obama’s agenda of “smart” leadership, looking to increase ways in which the United States and Portugal, along with other allies, can leverage our capabilities on issues of international security. In Portugal, his focus has been on strengthening engagement in the areas such as maritime security in West Africa, cybersecurity, narcoterrorism and NATO.
Ambassador Sherman has demonstrated his passion for Portugal, its people and culture, and is committed to helping Americans discover Portugal, just like the Portuguese navigators discovered “the new world” 600 years ago. Prior to becoming Ambassador, Mr. Sherman was a founding member of the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig, a large international law firm.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He is married to entrepreneur and lawyer, Kim Sawyer, and has two adult children.