Chief of Staff
Stacie Weeks was appointed DHS chief of staff, Feb. 4, 2019, by Commissioner Tony Lourey. In addition to supporting Lourey in his role as commissioner, Weeks oversees legislative relations, communications, and legal and compliance.
Weeks has a background in health care policy and administration experience and is committed to improving the health, safety and welfare of communities through the development of sound public policies. Prior to her current role at DHS, Weeks served as director of public policy and advocacy at Hennepin Healthcare.
Weeks’s previous service at DHS includes serving as director of health care policy and federal waivers. In that role, she was the lead agency staff person for the Governor’s Health Care Financing Task Force and played a key role the agency’s efforts to protect gains made under the Affordable Care Act. She supported then-Senator Lourey in the Minnesota Senate as committee administrator for the state’s health and human services budget. Prior to her Senate service Weeks worked at Legal Aid, ensuring access to health care for low-income families in Minnesota.
Weeks earned a law degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in public health from the College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, with an emphasis on occupational therapy from the University of Central Arkansas.