Susanne R. Young was appointed Secretary of the Agency of Administration by Governor Philip B. Scott in January 2017. The Secretary of Administration has primary responsibility for the state budget, state buildings and other infrastructure, human resources, the collection of taxes and other revenue, and the department of libraries. The Secretary also serves to coordinate operations and initiatives that require interagency expertise, resources and partnerships. The Secretary serves as Chair of the Clean Water Board that recommends annually a budget that allocates clean water and capital funds for an array of programs and initiatives to achieve the State’s phosphorous reduction goals.
Secretary Young served as Deputy Attorney General in the Vermont Attorney General’s Office prior to her appointment. In 2003, after serving as Deputy State Treasurer, Young was appointed by Governor James H. Douglas to serve as Legal Counsel to the Governor, an appointment she held for eight years. After graduation from Vermont Law School in 1981, Secretary Young served in various positions as an Assistant Attorney General, including as litigation and general counsel for several departments within the Vermont Agency of Human Services, as well as Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Special Litigator with a focus on environmental enforcement, and Chief of the Criminal Justice Division. She graduated from Northfield High School in 1974 and from the University of Vermont in 1978. She earned her J.D. degree from Vermont Law School cum laude in 1981.