Sherman Gillums, Jr Chief Strategy & Operations OfficerSenior Leadership TeamEmail Sherman Gillums is a retired U.S. Marine officer and former senior executive at Paralyzed Veterans of America and AMVETS, two of the largest congressionally chartered veteran service organizations in the country. For 17 years, he has fought to remove barriers to timely access to quality care and worked to reduce unemployment and suicide among the nation’s most vulnerable veterans, as well as military families and caregivers. He has testified on Capitol Hill, engaged the White House on a host of issues, appeared on major networks such as CNN, Fox News, NPR and C-SPAN, and in national print media as an influential voice on policy and government accountability. He was selected by HillVets as among the 100 Most Influential Persons in 2016 and one of the Mighty 25 Military Influencers by “We Are The Mighty” in 2020. Sherman holds a graduate degree from the University of San Diego School of Business Administration and completed his executive education at Harvard Business School. What’s Something About You That Would Surprise Others? I climbed Mount Misen in Miyajima, Japan, in 1997 and was almost attacked by a wild monkey on the way up. Who Inspires You? Anyone who had a good reason to give up on life but chose to persevere by getting help, then turned around and helped someone else do the same.