Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton was nominated by Governor Philip D. Murphy on February 20, 2018, to become the Chair and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Fulton was confirmed to the cabinet post by the full Senate on April 12 and sworn in as the fourth Chair and Chief Administrator of the MVC on April 17. As Chief, Fulton manages a state agency that generates more than $1.8 billion in revenues annually and is charged with the licensing of more than six million drivers and the titling, registration, and inspection of nearly five million vehicles. Chief Fulton also serves as the Chair of the MVC Board, a policymaking body made up of government and public members. In August of 2018, Chief Fulton was selected by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to serve as a member of its International Board of Directors.
On July 31, 2018, Governor Murphy appointed Chief Fulton as one of three State government appointees to the State Ethics Commission, which administers and enforces State conflicts of interest law.
Chief Fulton is a 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she was a member of the Academy’s first-ever class to admit women. She was commissioned in the Army as a Signal Officer, serving as a platoon leader, staff officer, and company commander in Germany before receiving an honorable discharge at the rank of Captain. In 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the West Point Board of Visitors, and later served as the first female West Point graduate to chair the Board. With her military background, Chief Fulton has been a tireless advocate for service members, working with numerous non-profit groups. Prior to her nomination to lead the MVC, she served as Executive Director of the Women in the Service Change Initiative, a group dedicated to advocating for women in the military.
In addition to her military service, Chief Fulton has more than 20 years’ experience working in leadership roles with Fortune 500 companies.
The MVC is effectively the face of state government, having more direct contacts with New Jersey residents than any other state agency. Chief Fulton is focused on MVC’s 2,200 employees delivering excellent customer service in each of the more than 24 million transactions processed by the MVC annually.
In 2012, Sue Fulton married her longtime partner, Penelope Dara Gnesin. They reside in Asbury Park, New Jersey.