Dr. Susan Wharton Gates has over 30 years’ experience in public policy, first as a budget examiner in the Office of Management and Budget and later at Freddie Mac, where she worked for 19 years, becoming vice president of public policy. Susan is the author of Days of Slaughter: Inside the Fall of Freddie Mac and Why It Could Happen Again (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017) and is an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech.
Susan received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware, a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. She completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. In May 2023, she completed a Masters of Arts degree in Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Susan has a passion for the intersection of Christian faith and public policy. As the new Executive director of Faith and Law, she is eager to draw on her background in both public policy and theology.
Susan lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband of 40 years, Peter, whom she met when she was six years old! They have three adult children and three grandchildren.