Sue Gander directs the Environment, Energy and Transportation Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) where she leads a team of analysts in providing state policy guidance and technical assistance to governors and their staff. She has twenty years’ experience working on state, national, and international energy, environment, and transportation issues.
Ms. Gander’s work at NGA includes managing the 2007-2008 Chair’s Initiative “Securing a Clean Energy Future” for Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and the 2007-2008 Chair’s Initiative “Strengthening Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future” for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. In collaboration with the NGA Center’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, she manages efforts to address energy-related cyber threats under the State Resource Center on Cyber Security and oversees efforts to further energy assurance. She developed the State Resource Center on Innovative Infrastructure Strategies, which will launch its first phase on public private partnerships in fall 2013.
Ms. Gander manages additional projects on a range of topics, including: energy efficiency, clean energy financing, electric grid modernization, shale energy development, alternative fueled vehicles, economic development in clean energy sector, and utility regulatory incentives.
Prior to joining NGA, Ms. Gander served as a Program Manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Energy-Environment State Partnership Program and as a Senior Policy Analyst and Manager for Government Relations and Public Affairs at the Center for Clean Air Policy.
Ms. Gander graduated cum laude from Brown University with a BA in Public Policy, and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a MA in Public Policy and a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy.
Ms. Gander is a LEED Accredited Professional and serves on the Keystone Energy Board, the State Energy Efficiency Action Network Advisory Committee, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Energy Efficiency/Smart Grid Public Advisory Group and as a board liaison for the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS).