Assistant Commissioner for Agency Effectiveness
Shireen Gandhi serves as the assistant commissioner for Agency Effectiveness for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. In this role, she oversees budgeting and financial operations, compliance, agency strategy, analytics, continuous improvement, facility design and support, and the integration of equity into the operation of DHS. She is responsible for consolidating and strengthening major control functions into a single group, continuing to improve processes, financial controls, and departmental effectiveness.
Before her appointment as assistant commissioner in 2021, Gandhi served as Chief Compliance Officer. She led the creation of a new compliance infrastructure and oversight program to improve operations and compliance with federal laws, regulations and rules. She has been a leader in numerous agencywide process improvement initiatives, including Operation Stop Gap and Operation Swiss Watch.
Gandhi came to DHS with more than 20 years of leadership experience in health care. Prior to joining DHS in 2017, she was a founding partner at JurisHealth, PLLC, in Minneapolis and served in leadership roles at Weber Shandwick Worldwide, a public relations and marketing firm, and the Minnesota Hospital Association, a statewide trade group. Gandhi has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University.
Gandhi is active in the Minnesota State Bar Association, currently serving as chair of the Health Law Section, and is a member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association.