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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Steve Dibb, Deputy Commissioner
Steve Dibb, Deputy Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner Steve Dibb is responsible for day-to-day operations, including fiscal policy, agency management and programming for the Office of Innovation.

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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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Gov Relations Director Daron Korte - 3x4 Hires
Daron Korte, Assistant Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner Daron Korte oversees all legislative issues pertaining to education in Minnesota,including developing the legislative agenda and managing legislative activity.

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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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Denise Anderson, CFO 4 exec page
Denise Anderson, Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Denise is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the financial, administrative, budgeting and risk management functions.

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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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