Sherry F. Bellamy

Class of 2011

Sherry F. Bellamy is Vice President of L&L Consulting LLC, with expertise in management consulting, executive coaching and diversity consulting. She is currently part of the L&L team providing organizational management advice to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Sherry also serves as of Counsel with the law firm of Leftwich & Ludaway LLC, the parent company of the consulting practice, and her legal work includes litigation and regulatory matters.

Ms. Bellamy has extensive experience with philanthropic board service, presently serving as a director for Johns Hopkins Medicine, where she is a member of the Audit Committee and the External Affairs Committee. She is also Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. and a member of the Board of Directors of Cardinal Spellman High School, her alma mater, in New York City.

A former executive with Verizon Communications, Sherry served in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility with Verizon and its predecessor companies. Shortly before the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX, Ms. Bellamy was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Atlantic-Maryland, becoming the first African American woman corporate officer in Bell Atlantic history. During her tenure as President & CEO of Verizon Maryland, Sherry represented the company’s interests in the state, advocating for fair regulatory and legislative treatment as the company evolved from a monopoly telephone company into a competitive telecom provider. She served on a number of economic development boards that advanced the concerns of businesses in Maryland, including service as a director and Executive Committee member of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Greater Baltimore Alliance and the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce.

When Bell Atlantic and GTE merged in 2000, forming Verizon, Ms. Bellamy returned to the legal department as Vice President and Associate General Counsel, overseeing the state general counsels in New England, New York and the Mid-Atlantic, the largest and most lucrative Verizon markets. In that role she was responsible again for advocating for the company in regulatory and legislative matters. Early in her career with the company, she served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for C&P Telephone, the Washington DC operating subsidiary.

During the course of her 19-year career with Verizon, her leadership and legal acumen were critical to winning federal and state approvals of Verizon’s three foundational mergers – Nynex/Bell Atlantic, Bell Atlantic/GTE and Verizon/MCI. She served as second chair for the antitrust review of the NYNEX merger with Bell Atlantic, and after 18 months and more than 100 separate depositions, the merger was approved by the Department of Justice with no DOJ-imposed conditions. During the review proceedings on the Bell Atlantic and GTE merger, Ms. Bellamy was an expert witness before several state commissions. And when in 2005 Verizon made the decision to acquire MCI, Sherry was tapped to lead the state regulatory review process, successfully obtaining approvals in more than 25 states in only nine months’ time.

Ms. Bellamy’s board service includes service on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, her alma mater, and of Goucher College in Maryland. Sherry has been recognized for her leadership and community service contributions, including recognition by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession for her contributions to advancing the cause of diversity in the legal profession. Ms. Bellamy’s awards and honors include an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Rosemont College, being named as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Baltimore Magazine’s Top Women in Business and Washingtonian Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Washington. Ms. Bellamy has been profiled in two books, Women of Courage II  and Notable Black American Women III , as well as in numerous newspaper and magazine articles.

Ms. Bellamy retired as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Verizon Business in December 2009. In that role she was responsible for overseeing litigation and regulatory matters for the merged MCI and Verizon enterprise and government sales division. Before joining Bell Atlantic, Ms. Bellamy held positions with the law firms of Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue in Washington, D.C. and with the Washington, D.C. and New York offices of Chadbourne & Parke. Early in her career, she served as staff attorney with the New Haven Legal Assistance Association, establishing a civil litigation section for the representation of children.

Ms. Bellamy holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College.