Ms. Wood began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office where she worked in a trial bureau and then in the Investigations Division in the Special Prosecutions and the well-regarded Frauds Bureau. She then became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Antitrust Division and in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, where she was responsible for federally prosecuting law enforcement officers for violating the civil rights of individuals across the country. When she left DOJ, she was serving as Deputy Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (now known as the Office of Public Liaison). Ms. Wood then served as Vice President, Managing Director, and Office Head of Kroll Consulting Services' Washington DC office. At Kroll, Sheryl led multi-million dollar client engagements involving compliance consulting and investigative matters. After Kroll, Ms. Wood became a Partner at two law firms, where she served in several leadership positions and started a Women General Counsel Brownbag Luncheon series, before starting her own law firm in 2009.
In 2007, Ms. Wood founded a pipeline program designed to encourage high school students to consider a career as an attorney. The day-long program, called "NBA Youth Day", is held annually at the convention site of the National Bar Association and is free of charge for student participants.
Ms. Wood is a cum laude graduate of Howard University and The George Washington University Law School, both in Washington DC.
Sheryl Wood has served in various legal and community organizations. Some of her leadership positions include:
• President, National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA), 1997-99;
• National Bar Association (NBA) Parliamentarian, 2008-2009;
• NBA Co-Chairperson, Issues and Resolutions Committee, 2001-2002, 2005-2006;
• Member, NBA Board of Governors, 1998-2002;
• Chairperson, NBA Government Lawyers Division, 1998-2002;
• President and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of GWAC Foundation, Inc., 2000-03;
• Board Member, American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, 2009-2012;
• Board Member, ABA President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, 2003-2007;
• Member, Class of 2004, Leadership Greater Washington;
• Board Member, Associated Black Charities of Maryland, 2007-2012;
• Advisory Board, Georgetown Corporate Counsel Institute, 2005-present;
• Chairperson, Baltimore City Wage Commission, 2015-present; Commissioner, 2013-present.
She has received professional and community service awards over the course of her career, including the following:
• Patricia Roberts Harris Public Service Award
• US DOJ, Antitrust Division, Special Achievement Award
• US DOJ, Civil Rights Division, Special Achievement Award
• Presidential Award of Service, National Bar Association, received from:
NBA President Rodney G. Moore, 2008
NBA President Linnes Finney, Jr., 2006
NBA President Reginald M. Turner, Jr., 2005
NBA President Kim M. Keenan, 2004
NBA President Harold D. Pope, 1999
NBA President Randy K. Jones, 1997
• NAACP Freedom Fighter Award for Service and Leadership in Law