Susan Binder is Principal with Cambridge Systematics, one of the preeminent transportation consulting firms. At CS, she leads projects distinguished by data-driven analyses and decision-making across policymaking at all levels of government and across transportation modes. One area of particular expertise is transportation funding and finance policy, including rigorous consideration of the potential for Vehicle-Miles Traveled (VMT) fees to serve as a replacement for fuel taxes.
Prior to joining CS, Ms. Binder worked for 35 years in the public sector, including tours of duty at USDOT, FHWA, OMB, the US House, and the US Senate. These appointments included Senior Policy Advisor for the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, FHWA Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy, and Executive Director of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. She also is proud to have been the first woman appointed to lead an FHWA field office, serving as the FHWA Division Administrator for the State of Maryland.
Throughout her career, Ms. Binder’s work has been distinguished by her analytical skills as an economist. She also brings a deep knowledge of stakeholder interests and the legislative process, expertise developed while she participated first-hand in the development and implementation of ten cycles of Federal surface transportation legislation reauthorization.
Ms. Binder earned a BS in Consumer Economics and Textile Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MBA from the George Washington University School of Business.