AASHTO Journal, 11 July 2014
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced June 30 that Department of Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren will step in as Acting Transportation Secretary, effective today (July 11). Borggren succeeds Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider, who recently resigned from her post.
“Erica Borggren is a proven leader who has served our state and nation with excellence and integrity,” Quinn said in a statement. “From graduating first in her class at West Point, to serving as an outstanding military officer and successfully leading large organizations, I am confident she will be an exceptional Transportation Secretary. I also thank Ann Schneider for her years of hard work and dedication and wish her well.”
Borggren served as IDVA Director since 2011, where she managed a staff of 1,300. Prior to that post, Borggren was a senior staff member for Army Gen. David Patraeus during his tenure as Commanding General of Multi-National Force—Iraq and as head of U.S. Central Command. Borggren also currently leads Illinois Joining Forces, a public-private network consisting of more than 150 organizations collaborating to make the “sea of goodwill” easier to navigate for state veterans, service members, and their families.
Borggren is both a Rhodes and Truman scholar and was also valedictorian of her West Point class. She holds postgraduate degrees in comparative social policy and theology from Oxford University.
“I am deeply honored to have been asked by Governor Quinn to lead the state’s transportation mission,” Borggren said. “I look forward to serving with the IDOT team to maintain and build Illinois’ world-class infrastructure, which will create more jobs and drive economic growth for years to come.”