Sue Gander serves as director for the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy and Transportation Division. Gander directs research, policy analysis and technical assistance to provide governors and their staff with data and guidance on best practices affecting the energy sector, environmental protection, natural resource management, transportation and other infrastructure. The division, under Gander, is currently focused on helping states on several key policy issues, including grid modernization and power sector transformation, energy assurance and cybersecurity, energy-efficient program design, the energy-water nexus, responsible shale energy development, clean energy financing, public-private partnerships for infrastructure development, alternative fuels and vehicles and cleanup and stewardship of nuclear weapons sites.
Prior to joining NGA, Gander served as program manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Energy-Environment State Partnership program, as well as senior policy analyst and government relations director for the Center for Clean Air Policy.
Gander is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional, member of The Keystone Center Energy Board, board liaison of the Institute for Building Technology and Safety and executive group member of the Department of Energy/EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Network.
Gander holds a master’s degree in public policy and a certificate in energy analysis and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University.