Nanette Larson was appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Health, Safety & Programs Unit on November 4, 2020, by Commissioner Paul Schnell. In this role, she oversees the department’s medical, nursing, dental, and mental health services, Substance Use Disorder treatment, Sex Offender treatment, along with education programming, and MINNCOR programming in the facilities.
Prior to her appointment as Assistant Commissioner, Larson served as the Director of Health Services for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. She held this position for more than 20 years. In this capacity, she oversaw the care and well-being of nearly 7,600 incarcerated men, women and juveniles. She led the delivery of medical, dental, nursing and mental health care and sex offender and substance use disorder treatment.
Previously, Larson held senior management positions in other state agencies including the Minnesota Department of Health and the Office of Technology and was the Executive Director for the Minnesota Health Care Commission.
Larson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and has completed the Black Belt Leadership program through the Joseph M. Juran Center for Leadership and Quality.