Sue Minter is the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). She was appointed to the position by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, effective January 1, 2015. She served as Deputy Secretary of VTrans from 2011-2014.
Sue helped lead Vermont’s recovery in the wake of catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Irene that ravaged the state in August 2011. Following her oversight of VTrans’ successful rebuilding over 500 miles of damaged roads in less than 4 months, Sue was deployed by Governor Shumlin to be Vermont’s Chief Recovery Officer in January 2012. As Irene Recovery Officer she was responsible for implementation of all state recovery efforts, including oversight of federal disaster recovery programs and supporting future resiliency efforts. Sue completed her service as Chief Recovery Officer in January 2013 and returned to her job as Vermont’s Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
Sue was again asked to address disaster response when Colorado was hit with extreme flooding in September 2013. Sue lead a team from Vermont to assist the Colorado Department of Transportation’s response effort. She is currently supporting Governor Shumlin on President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Sue co-chairs the White House Task Force Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Resilience.
Sue was elected four times as State Representative in the Vermont legislature from representing the Vermont towns of Waterbury, Duxbury, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. She served two years on the House Appropriations Committee and four years on the House Transportation Committee. She was selected to be an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership (2009-11), and was designated as a 2008 Emerging Political Leader by the State Legislative Leadership Foundation.
Sue Minter is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.A. in City Planning). She has worked over the past 20 years in the public, private and non-profit sectors as a professional planner at the state, local, and international level. Sue and her husband, David Goodman, live in Waterbury Center, Vermont, the lucky parents of a son, Jasper, and a daughter, Ariel.