Assistant Commissioner for Community and Partner Relations
Anne M. Barry has almost 30 years of state public service, with a career that includes gubernatorial appointment to high-level leadership positions in four separate administrations. She currently serves as assistant commissioner for Community and Partner Relations for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), a post she has held since July 2015. Barry oversees Community Relations, County Relations, the Office of Indian Policy, and the Office for Equity, Performance and Development. Previously, she served as a deputy commissioner for Direct Care and Treatment, an area that includes the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, Forensic Treatment Services, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services, and Community Based Services. From 2006 to 2010 she served DHS as the chief compliance officer, where she was responsible for legal, licensing, appeals, regulations, ethics, internal and program audits, financial operations and forecasts for the department.
Barry was appointed deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Finance in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration after four years in the same position for Gov. Jesse Ventura's administration. As deputy commissioner, Barry was responsible for overall agency leadership and management in the areas of accounting, budget, cash and debt management, economic forecasting and financial information systems.
Prior to her appointment in the Department of Finance, Barry was appointed by Gov. Arne Carlson as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health in June 1995. As commissioner, Barry was responsible for leading the Health Department, which operates programs for developing health care policy for the state, as well as preventing and controlling disease, promoting healthier behavior choices, controlling environmental health hazards, protecting the health of mothers and children, and regulating health care providers. Barry also served as the deputy commissioner of Health, administering the agency's programs to protect, improve and maintain the health of Minnesota citizens.
Barry also serves as an adjunct associate professor for the School of Public Health in the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota. She provides advice, guidance, faculty support, health-related academic and research program support, and teaches courses in public health law and planning and budgeting for public health.
Barry earned her juris doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul and her master's degree in public health administration from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a bachelor of arts in occupational therapy from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul (now St. Catherine University).