Carolyn Ham has been Inspector General at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) since March 2017. The Office of Inspector General, established in 2011, brings together DHS’ fraud prevention and recovery efforts with the licensing and background studies functions to focus on program integrity and transparency.
Ham previously served as associate general counsel for Optum in its payment integrity unit for more 10 years, specializing in health care fraud prevention. Prior to her work at Optum, Ham was an assistant Ramsey County attorney, working as a civil commitments prosecutor and juvenile delinquency prosecutor, and was a staff attorney for the Battered Women’s Justice Project. She also served 11 years as an assistant attorney general for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, specializing in consumer and business fraud.
Ham holds a juris doctor degree from the University of California-Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Carleton College in Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Health Law Council, chair of the board for MN350, a nonprofit focused on combating climate change, and a volunteer attorney for the Children’s Law Center. She lives in St. Paul.