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 became the New York City Department of Veterans Services (DVS) in July 2016.
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