Executive Team
Commissioner Cassellius
Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner

Minnesota’s education commissioner heads an agency of more than 450 employees, charged with the mission of improving educational achievement for children from PreK-12. Commissioner Cassellius works closely with Governor Mark Dayton to promote a wide variety of early learning and K-12 education policies and initiatives designed to challenge Minnesota students with rigor and relevance, while maintaining accountability for results.

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Charlene Briner 
Charlene Briner, Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Charlene oversees a wide variety of actitivies for the Office of the Commissioner.

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Deputy Commissioner Montano
Jessie Montano, Deputy Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner Jessie Montano is responsible for the day to day operations of the Minnesota Department of Education, including establishing fiscal policy, agency management and human resource operations as well as oversight of the legislative agenda, special education compliance, Q Comp and accountability issues.

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Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman
Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman, Assistant Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman oversees the department’s programs for compliance and assistance, education innovation, food and nutrition, safe and healthy schools and special education policy.

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Rose Hermodson
Rose Hermodson, Assistant Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner Rose Hermodson oversees the department’s programs for charter schools.

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Assistant Commissioner Steve Dibb - 3x4 Hires
Steve Dibb, Assistant Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner Dibb is responsible for the program areas of: School Support, Academic Standards, Teacher Quality and College and Career Success.

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Assistant Commissioner Kevin McHenry 3x4 hires
Kevin McHenry, Assistant Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner Kevin McHenry oversees the department’s programs for Assessments, Charter Schools, Educator Licensing and State Library Services.

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Josh Collins - Hires 3x4
Josh Collins, Communications Director

As Director of Communications, Josh is the primary contact for media.

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Gov Relations Director Daron Korte - 3x4 Hires
Daron Korte, Government Relations Director

As Director of Government Relations, Daron oversees all legislative issues pertaining to education in Minnesota,including developing the legislative agenda and managing legislative activity.

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