An experienced leader in government technology, Tom Baden was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2015 to serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Minnesota.
Most recently, Baden served as the MN.IT Chief Information Officer at the Department of Human Services, the largest of the executive branch state agencies with the most significant IT footprint, including the Medicaid Management Information System, the integrated eligibility system (MAXIS), MNsure, the State’s child support system PRISM, and the state hospital system (known as Avatar).
Baden’s 33 years of expertise in IT governance and management includes state service at the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment and Economic Development, in addition to serving as MN.IT’s enterprise architect (then the Office of Enterprise Technology).
Jesse Oman is MN.IT’s Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. Jesse brings more than 15 years of IT leadership experience to the State of Minnesota, most recently serving as MN.IT’s Assistant Commissioner for Projects & Initiatives. Prior to joining MN.IT, Jesse held multiple IT leadership positions with BioScrip, Inc. and Deutsche Asset Management, where he managed sales technology, internet and reporting projects for the North American region. Jesse is a graduate of Knox College with degrees in biochemistry and psychology and holds a Master’s Degree in Science Information Systems with an emphasis in Software Engineering from DePaul University.
Christopher Buse is the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Minnesota. In this capacity, Chris is responsible for designing and implementing the enterprise security architecture for state government.
Chris served as the Manager of Information Technology Audits for the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. During his 19 years as an auditor, Chris planned and oversaw information technology audit work done on large government computer systems. He also provided state-of-the-art technology tools and training for audit professionals. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Chris is active in many professional organizations and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. He also sits on the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) International Professional Influence and Advocacy Committee, and has held numerous Board of Director positions in the Minnesota Chapter. Chris was awarded the 2008 Security Professional of the Year by the Information Systems Security Association's Minnesota Chapter.
Thomas Schaeffer serves as MN.IT’s Assistant Commissioner for Enterprise Operations Service Delivery. Thomas most recently worked for Code42, a global enterprise SaaS provider of data protection and security. Prior to joining Code 42, he held various IT positions in state and local government, leading infrastructure operations at the Department of Employment and Economic Development and more recently serving as MN.IT Assistant Commissioner for Service Delivery.
As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Tu leads MN.IT’s management of financial accounts and obligations, including budgets, billing and asset management, and Administrative Services.
Tu joined MN.IT after 20 years of leadership in the finance and development areas at Minnesota Public Radio. While there, he drove planning and forecasting efforts for the organization on local and national levels. A champion of the rolling forecast and other revenue models such as cost-allocation modeling, Tu has also worked on special projects, including business development and acquisitions. Prior to joining MPR, Tu worked with the Internal Revenue Service. He is a former member of the Institute of Business Forecasting and served on the board of the Vietnamese Broadcasting Association of Minnesota.
As Human Resources Director for MN.IT Services, Chad directs and manages a division that supports 2,100 employees in 22 agency-based offices and more than 90 physical locations around the State of Minnesota.
Chad began working for the State in 1994 as a Finance Specialist in the Minnesota House of Representatives processing payroll and business expenses for legislators and staff. Three years later he moved to the Assistant Director position with the Legislative Coordinating Commission where he managed the payroll and HR functions, assisted in the development and maintenance of the Legislative Plan for Employee Policies and Benefits and led other HR-related activities during his nine-year tenure. In 2006, he moved into the State Compensation Manager position where he provided leadership and management of the State of Minnesota's classification and compensation program, participated in the negotiations of the state’s employment contracts, and revised and maintained the compensation plans for unrepresented staff.
Chad holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations/Human Resources Management from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Ed oversees technology development for the agency and the enterprise. This program area combines development of architecture, technical standards and oversight, and responsibilities for application development and management.
Ed served first as Technology Director and later as CIO for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). His achievements include the modernization of mission-critical applications such as the Unemployment Insurance system and Minnesota Job Bank, and the integration of all Workforce Investment Board case management systems and implementation of cutting-edge applications such as a customer relationship management (CRM) system. His experience in business planning and leadership, IT management, and procurement enterprise contribute to his success as the CTO for the State of Minnesota.