Meet Sue

Meet Sue

Sue Minter brings people together in the toughest times to solve problems.

A proven leader, she brings a record of success as Vermont’s Secretary of Transportation, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Irene Recovery Officer, and as a State Representative.

Sue helped lead Vermont’s recovery in the wake of catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. At the Agency of Transportation, she helped oversee the rebuilding of over 500 miles of damaged roads and bridges within four months. As Vermont’s Irene Recovery Officer from January 2012 to February 2013, Sue worked with residents, state agencies and local businesses to help get our state back on its feet.

Sue’s leadership and success during Irene led to her being sought out to help Colorado with its own disaster recovery in the wake of extreme flooding in 2013.

In 2014, Sue represented Governor Shumlin on the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, where she co-chaired the Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Resilience.

Sue was elected four times as a State Representative in the Vermont legislature from 2004–2010. Known as a bi-partisan problem solver, she represented Waterbury, Duxbury, Huntington and Buel’s Gore.

Sue’s family roots in business taught her the value of hard work, being frugal, and perseverance. Sue grew up outside Philadelphia where her father, Bob, managed Minter’s Candies until the family business was sold, and he moved the family to Providence, Rhode Island to manage another candy factory. Sue’s mother, Evelyn, came from humble roots in St. Louis and found success as a figure skater in the Ice Follies. Evelyn passed on her love of skating and sports to Sue, who has enjoyed playing and coaching sports her whole life. At the age of 16, Sue attained a gold medal in figure skating after passing the sport's highest test. Sue played lacrosse and soccer in college. She remains an avid athlete and outdoorsperson and continues to enjoy participating in a variety of Vermont sporting events.

Sue fell in love with Vermont as a young girl over the course of many family ski trips with her three brothers and parents. In 1991, she married her college sweetheart, journalist David Goodman, and they chose to make their life in Vermont, moving to Waterbury Center, where they have lived for the past 25 years. Sue and David’s proudest accomplishment has been raising their two children, Ariel (23) and Jasper (15).

In addition to her public service, Sue has been an active community member in Waterbury, working on early childhood education issues as a board member of the Children’s Room and as a school volunteer. Sue also served on the Waterbury Planning Commission, helping with Waterbury’s downtown revitalization activities. Additionally, she coached youth soccer and figure skating for over a dozen years. In her free time, you can find her running, skiing, bicycling or gardening.

Sue graduated from Harvard University in 1984 with high honors in sociology, and received her master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. She has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors as a professional planner at the local, state, and international levels.