Chief Financial Officer
Laura Farmer was named the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) chief financial officer in October 2019.
Farmer is responsible for the agency’s annual budget and nearly 150 team members serving VDOT’s financial planning, capital investment, fiscal management and tolling programs.
She previously served as the agency’s director of financial planning.
In this role, she was instrumental in establishing Virginia’s Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles (GARVEE) program, and provided financial arrangements around the agency’s innovative finance programs and public-private partnership projects, including the Elizabeth River Tunnels projects and I-95 Express Lanes.
Prior to joining VDOT, Laura served as a budget analyst for health and human resources agencies at the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget.
Farmer earned a bachelor’s in history from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., and a master’s degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary.
She is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute, the Commonwealth Management Institute and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association Leadership Academy.