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Lucinda E. Jesson is commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. DHS is the state’s largest agency, serving well over 1 million people with an annual budget of $11 billion and more than 6,500 employees throughout the state. The department administers a broad range of services, including health care, economic assistance, mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment, child welfare services, and services for the elderly and people with disabilities. DHS also provides direct care and treatment to more than 10,000 clients every year.
Prior to joining DHS, Jesson was an associate professor of law at the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul where she also founded and served as director of the Health Law Institute. Before that, Jesson served in local and state government both as chief deputy Hennepin County attorney, and as Minnesota deputy attorney general. In addition, Jesson has extensive private sector experience. As commissioner, Jesson’s priorities include serving more people in their homes and communities; making the state a smarter purchaser of health care; keeping people fed and healthy; narrowing disparities; preventing homelessness; and reducing fraud, waste and abuse.
A PDF version of Commissioner Jesson's biography is online.