Brigadier General (ret.) Loree Sutton, MD is the Commissioner for DVS. Sutton was first appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as Commissioner to the Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs (MOVA), assuming her duties there on September 1, 2014. MOVA is now the New York City Department of Veterans Services (DVS).
In Sutton's culminating military assignment, she served as Founding Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) from 2007 to 2010. Sutton co-founded Threshold GlobalWorks in 2011 and served as Co-Director until August 2014.
Before assuming DCoE directorship, Sutton commanded the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, the nation's largest power projection military installation, with over 100,000 service and family members. Selected to serve as the Command Surgeon for the Multinational Force in Iraq, Sutton's "down-range" assignment was diverted to Washington, DC upon nomination for promotion to Brigadier General in May 2007. Prior deployments include Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt, supporting the first Gulf War and the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping mission. Military awards and honors include the Bronze Star Medal; Presidential Service Badge (White House Fellow), and Legion of Merit.
Sutton has been formally recognized by numerous civilian institutions, including New York University Department of Psychiatry (2011); American Psychiatric Association President's Award (2011); Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship (2012); and Loma Linda University Alumna of the Year (2012). Further, Sutton served as Board Chair, Homeward Bound Adirondacks (2011-2014) and continues to engage with numerous organizations to catalyze and accelerate peer-to-peer stabilization skills training for veterans, families and caregivers, women and girls, global health leaders, and social entrepreneurs.
Sutton's organizational affiliations include PopTech, United Nations, Homeward Bound Adirondacks (HBA), National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Upaya Zen Center, Paws and Stripes, St. Johns College, Barnard College, MIT, Center for a New American Security, and Equus Medendi. She has served on the Advisory Boards for Vet Club NYC (Fountain House); Mind Fitness Training Institute; Patton Veteran Productions; and Center for Mind-Body Medicine. She also served on the Public Policy Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.Sutton's interest in resilience extends from individuals and families to enterprises, organizations and communities. She is devoted to the public health imperative of designing "working community" approaches that harness the strengths of veterans and their loved ones while promoting healing from the wounds of war, seen and unseen. Proud to serve as the DVS Commissioner, she believes New York City is an ideal place for veterans -- our nation's leading renewable resource -- to live, lead, serve and flourish.