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The Minnesota Department of Commerce leadership guide Commerce’s work to fulfill our mission to protect consumer interests, to engage the public, and to ensure a fair and competitive marketplace through regulations and programs in more than 40 industry areas. More about the Department of Commerce.  

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Commissioner Grace Arnold

Commissioner, Commerce Department

Grace Arnold

Commissioner Arnold was initially appointed by Governor Walz in 2020 and reappointed in 2022. In February 2023, she was confirmed by the Minnesota Senate.  

In leading the state’s oversight of industries that provide financial security to Minnesotans and energy resource policy and programs in Minnesota, Commissioner Arnold is committed to ensuring Commerce’s regulated markets are fair and accessible to all Minnesotans, and that Minnesota is a leader in creating a clean energy economy. 

Arnold joined Commerce in 2019, where she served as Commerce Deputy Commissioner of Insurance. Before joining the Department, Commissioner Arnold led product development for individual and family plans at Bright Health, a Minneapolis-based health insurer. She spent nearly a decade at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services where she helped lead the technology turnaround of and led policy development during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  

Chief of Staff Holi Kolkind

Chief of Staff

Hali Kolkind

Kolkind is the Chief of Staff at the Minnesota Department of Commerce. She joined the Commerce Department in 2021 and supervises the business solutions office at the agency. Hali manages the Department's strategic plan, continuous improvement, strategic initiatives and serves as the chief advisor to the Commissioner on internal and external agency operations and department policy. Prior to joining Commerce, Hali was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor and Lt. Governor on health, human services and health insurance. She a background in legislative affairs and public policy along with a Master's of Public Administration degree.

Tim Jahnke

Administration Deputy Commissioner

Tim Jahnke
As Commerce Deputy Commissioner of Administration, Tim Jahnke serves as Chief Operating Officer for Commerce, with oversight for Commerce’s Licensing, Unclaimed Property, Weights & Measures, Petrofund, Regulatory Information Center, accounting, finance, human resources, and internal controls business units. Jahnke joined Commerce in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Commerce, Jahnke served as executive budget officer for Minnesota Management and Budget, where he assisted state agencies to prepare budget requests for inclusion in the Governor’s budget. He also served in accounting roles for Minnesota Departments of Administration, Transportation and the Board of Animal Health.

Michelle Gransee

Deputy Commissioner of Energy Resources

Michelle Gransee

Deputy Commissioner Gransee oversees the Division of Energy Resources with mission-driven staff focused on effective and equitable energy policy, regulation and program design and implementation. Her team works on issues related to energy affordability, environmental analysis, multiple state energy programs, energy security & reliability and provides both energy and telecommunications regulatory analysis, oversight and advocacy. 

Gransee began her work for Commerce in 2009 and for the past 10 years has held progressive leadership roles in the State Energy Office at Commerce. One of 56 State Energy Offices nationwide, Gransee serves on the Executive Leadership Committee of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), co-founded the NASEO Equity Committee and previously served as the Midwest Regional Representative for the Board.

sydnie lieb

Assistant Commissioner of Regulatory Affairs, Energy Resources

Sydnie Lieb, PhD
Lieb oversees the Department’s work at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on regulatory issues, encompassing energy resource financial analysis, planning, and policy, as well as Minnesota’s Energy Conservation and Optimization Program (formerly the Conservation Improvement Program). Lieb has experience in industry and government, for energy and climate work. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce as Regulatory Affairs Director in October 2023, she was energy and environmental policy manager for Xcel Energy, managed research for an energy consulting firm, worked in environmental protection for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in air pollution control for the California Air Resources Board, and as a scientific advisor for tech start-ups. She graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis and obtained her doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Pete Wyckoff Photo

Assistant Commissioner of Federal and State Initiatives

Pete Wyckoff, PhD
Wyckoff coordinates Commerce’s efforts to bring millions in federal clean energy funds to Minnesota, and also oversees the Energy Affordability business unit, encompassing Minnesota’s Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance Programs. Prior to joining Commerce in 2023, Wyckoff served as Senior Policy Advisor for Energy for U.S. Senator Tina Smith and worked for former U.S. Senator Al Franken. He is emeritus professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, where he served on the faculty for 15 years, and was founding director of the UMM Environmental Studies Program.

Max Zappia

Deputy Commissioner of Financial Institutions

Max Zappia

Max Zappia was appointed Commerce Deputy Commissioner of Financial Institutions in 2017. He oversees the Financial Institution Division teams that work on regulation of state-chartered banks, state-chartered credit unions, and non-depository (non-bank) financial institutions licensed in the state of Minnesota, encompassing finance companies, mortgage-related businesses and money transmitters. Regulatory activities of the Financial Institutions Division include onsite examinations, licensing, applications processing and statewide analysis. Zappia joined Commerce in 2009 and has previously served as Chief Examiner of Banking and Regional Program Director.

Julia Dreier

Deputy Commissioner of Insurance

Julia Dreier
Julia Dreier was appointed in 2021 as Deputy Commissioner for Commerce’s Insurance Division, which serves Minnesotans through insurance policy and insurance regulation, including licensing, examination, policy and rate reviews for health, homeowners, auto, workers’ compensation, long-term care and life insurance, and for pharmacy benefits management. Prior to joining Commerce, she was with IMPAQ International, a global policy research and analytics firm and provided strategic policy and operational advice to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She served on the leadership team in the CMS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight and led efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act commercial insurance market reforms. In Minnesota, Dreier worked in public policy for the Minnesota Council of Health plans and for the Service Employees International Union.

Jackie Olson

Enforcement Assistant Commissioner

Jacqueline Olson
As Assistant Commissioner of Enforcement, Olson oversees the work of the Commerce Fraud Bureau, comprised of licensed law enforcement officers who investigate criminal insurance and financial fraud, the civil enforcement Multi-Industry, Real Estate, and Insurance investigative teams, the Market Conduct enforcement team, and the Consumer Service Center, which works to address complaints about businesses and professionals regulated by Commerce. She joined Commerce in 2017, where she supervised Enforcement’s Multi-Industry investigation team. In 2022, she was promoted to Senior Director for Licensing, Consumer Support and Unclaimed Property. Prior to joining Commerce, Olson worked as a litigation attorney for Minneapolis-based law firms.

Peter Brickwedde

Government and External Affairs Assistant Commissioner

Peter Brickwedde
Brickwedde is Assistant Commissioner of Government and External Affairs at the Minnesota Department of Commerce. He joined the Commerce Department in 2011 and supervises the Government Affairs, Communications, Tribal Affairs, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Senior Fraud Ombudsperson offices at the agency. He leads policy development and advocacy for the agency, representing the Commerce Department at the State Legislature as well as with local governmental units and federal partners.

Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Peter served as a Legislative Assistant in the Minnesota Senate. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Peter was a member of the Humphrey Policy Fellows Program at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2016.

Jon Kelly

Jon Kelly
Government Relations Director

Mo Schriner

Mo Schriner
Communications Director

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