Secretary of Transportation

Erica Borggren
Acting Secretary

Erica Borggren was appointed Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary by Governor Pat Quinn in July 2014. Her responsibilities as the head of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) include overseeing a $2.8 billion operating budget that supports a work force of 5,200 employees, with annual oversight of more than $3.2 billion in capital projects. As the director of IDOT, Acting Secretary Borggren will be implementing the state’s new $1.1 billion capital program.

Acting Secretary Erica Borggren was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) by Governor Pat Quinn on August 5, 2011. At IDVA, Borggren led a 1,300-person staff dedicated to serving those who have served. IDVA fulfills its mission of empowering veterans to thrive through its four Veterans’ Homes, its 80-plus Veteran Service Offices, and its special programs and initiatives.

During Borggren’s tenure, IDVA partnered with public and private partners to launch a veteran entrepreneurship program, a women veterans’ program, and an interagency effort to make military training count toward state licenses. She also designed Illinois Joining Forces, a public-private network of more than 150 organizations committed to collaborate toward making the “sea of goodwill” more navigable for Illinois veterans, service members and their families. In 2013, Borggren was selected as a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow and was also appointed to serve as the Secretary of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA). She was named as a White House Women Veteran Leader Champion of Change in March 2014.

An Illinois native and Army Veteran, Borggren previously served as a senior staff member for Army Gen. David H. Petraeus during his time as Commanding General of multinational forces in Iraq and as head of United States Central Command throughout the Middle East. Prior to her time in the Middle East, Borggren served as a Medical Service Corps officer in South Korea, including as a company commander in the 121st Combat Support Hospital. Borggren’s military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

A Rhodes Scholar, Truman Scholar, and the valedictorian of her West Point class, Borggren holds postgraduate degrees in comparative social policy and theology from Oxford University. She and her husband, Erik, reside in Chicago with their children.