Susan Vitale is a retired Navy captain with over 28 years of executive leadership, strategic planning, program management, and intelligence experience.

She is goal-oriented and has a successful track record of leading diverse technical operations and organizational transformations.

She’s also an inspirational leader with the proven ability to convert vision into structured plans to deliver results.

She will serve Chesapeake with competence, compassion, and enthusiasm.

Here are some of Susan’s experiences and accomplishments:

Professional  Experience

  • Currently employed by Microsoft Corporation  
  • Responsible for a $50M Enterprise Services business supporting Federal Government agencies that include the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, and the US Supreme Court, and international organizations such as the World Bank Group, the United Nations, and the International Monetary Fund.
  • Led development and implementation team effort to digitally transform the 2016 Republican National Convention’s Information Technology (IT) solution, providing robust capability with zero downtime, and zero IT security incidents during the convention.


  • United States Navy Veteran.  Twenty-six-year Career Naval Intelligence Officer.
  • Directed worldwide operations of U.S. Navy personnel on specialized missions. Led 95 personnel in 14 U.S. and international locations.  Realigned organizational structure and established strategic plan that minimized operational risk and resulted in a 25% increase in productivity within the first year of implementation.
  • Managed a $1B Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) system program budget which generated significant Congressional investment based on sound requirements integrated with fiscal accountability.  


  • MBA, Touro University International, 2002
  • BS Accounting, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1989


Personal and Memberships

  • Mother of 6-year-old daughter Emily
  • Active member of Hickory United Methodist Church
  • Recording Secretary, Republican Party of Chesapeake
  • Member of Central Chesapeake Republican Women’s Club
  • Member of Naval Intelligence Professionals
  • Lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)



  • Defense Superior Service Medal