Cathy Rogers was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 22, 2014, to represent the riding of Moncton South. She was sworn in as Minister of Social Development and Minister of Healthy and Inclusive Communities on October 7, 2014. On June 6th, 2016, she became the first woman to be appointed as Minister of Finance and took the role of Minister responsible for Literacy. On September 5th, 2017, Cathy Rogers was appointed as the Regional Minister for Greater Moncton and southeastern New Brunswick. She currently serves as the policy advocate for Service New Brunswick, also as the policy advocate for the department of Environment.
A graduate of the University of New Brunswick with a master and a Ph.D. in Sociology, Dr. Rogers served 14 years as a professor at Crandall University and the University of New Brunswick. With a policy focus on child and youth poverty, she understands the connections between health, education, crime, and the economy. Dr. Rogers spent 18 years as a federal and provincial civil servant working in social development, industry, public safety, and economic development.
She has been a lifetime advocate for prevention, support, and early intervention, and is concerned for the quality of life and well-being of vulnerable families. Honoured for her community service work by the YWCA Moncton in 2011 with a Woman of Distinction Award for Education, Training, and Development, she also received Stephen and Ella Steeves Excellence in Service Award from Crandall University in 2012.
Cathy Rogers is married to Daniel Goodwin, and together they have four children.