Sherry joined Meridian in 2001 after three years as vice president of Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships and 27 years of Foreign Service press and cultural assignments in Beijing (twice), Geneva (working on human rights, trade and U.S.-North Korean issues), Paris, and Taiwan. He managed the IV program in China during his second tour, chairing the country panel which selected over 200 IVs and 100 Voluntary Visitors. Prior to joining USIA, he was an escort-interpreter in French for the State Department. He served 27 months in Vietnam as a Marine infantry officer. Sherry is a graduate of Princeton University in American and Far Eastern History and the Institute of Political Studies of the University of Paris in International Relations, and attended Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. He received the 2002 and 2006 NCIV National Award for Excellence in Programming.