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Jovon Perry

Jovon Perry, director of Economic Assistance and Employment Supports, Children and Family Services, who joined the department in January 2016, is the first African-American woman to hold her position in 20 years. Perry is now responsible for managing the Minnesota Family Investment Program, Diversionary Work Program, Refugee Program Office, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Food Stamp Treasury Offset Program, while simultaneously leading staff in improving outcomes for Minnesota families with low incomes and improving supports for families struggling to achieve economic stability.

Prior to beginning her tenure at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Perry served as the client and family services director at Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, Inc., the Urban Institute director of Pillsbury United, and has volunteered for numerous community organizations, including Hope Academy, Oak Park Center and Conflict Resolution and Pillsbury United Communities, all located in Minneapolis

Shortly after stating with the department, Perry was interviewed by The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder and KMOJ-FM’s "Morning Show," where she spoke about her experiences growing up in North Minneapolis and her approach to serving Minnesotans as being “client-focused and holistic."

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