Sherry Zalika Sykes


Sherry Zalika Sykes joins the Frederick Honors College as the State Department-appointed Diplomat-in-Residence for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as Ohio and West Virginia. Sherry is a senior Foreign Service officer, who previously served as Consul General in Durban, South Africa, and has held diplomatic postings in Mozambique, Nigeria and Ethiopia. In D.C. she has served in the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, leading U.S. efforts on ocean, air, chemical and plastic pollution agreements, and in combating wildlife trafficking and climate change. As Diplomat-in-Residence, she will provide guidance and mentorship to Frederick Honors students exploring careers, internships and fellowships with the U.S. State Department.

    Education & Training

  • MPA, Harvard University
  • BA (International relations; African and Afro-American studies), Stanford University