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Director Erica Borggren

Committed to Serving Country and Community

Director Erica Borggren was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) by Governor Pat Quinn on August 5, 2011. As Agency Director, Borggren oversees a 1,300-person staff dedicated to serving those who have served.  With a $128,000,000 operating budget, 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 has 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 for state licenses.  She also designed and now spearheads Illinois Joining Forces, a public-private network of 110+ organizations committed to collaborate toward making the “sea of goodwill” more navigable for Illinois veterans, service members, and their families.  Borggren was also appointed to serve as Secretary of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) in 2013.

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 multi-national 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 two children.

Updated May 30, 2013