Acting Assistant Commissioner of Children and Family Services
Lisa Pritchard Bayley is acting assistant commissioner of Children and Family Services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She is responsible for services and policies that promote child care, child support, economic stability, child safety and permanency, and successful transitions for immigrants.
In her previous role as deputy assistant commissioner of Children and Family Services, Bayley offered oversight and direction to Children and Family Services Administration, oversaw child welfare and public assistance policy, and coordinated projects across Children and Family Services. She also supervised child well-being initiatives for counties, tribes and partner agencies; led operational activities; and represented Children and Family Services for the department at large.
Before becoming deputy assistant commissioner, Bayley managed her own law practice, Bayley Law, LLC in Red Wing, Minn. Prior to that, she was a prosecutor for the Hennepin County and Wabasha County Attorneys’ Offices. She served on the Red Wing City Council for more than eight years, including two years as council president. Bayley has been an active volunteer for numerous state and local nonprofit organizations, including the Children’s Law Center and Hope Coalition of Red Wing.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., and her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. Michael J. Davis, U.S. District Court of Minnesota.