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Commissioner Mark Phillips

Commissioner Mark Phillips is a native Iron Ranger, growing up in Eveleth, MN. Mark served as Commissioner of the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation under Governor Mark Dayton’s administration. He has more than 35 years of leadership in development and finance, including launching new and creative programs for community and economic development, real estate development and business financing. Previously, Mark served as the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and as the Director of Business Development at Kraus-Anderson Construction Company. He is a recipient of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota’s Career Achievement Award.

Mark is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program within the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. He and his wife Patricia live on Lake Vermilion and have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Commissioner Mark Phillips
(218)735-3000 Ext 2

Mark Phillips: Commissioner 

Deputy Commissioner Jason Metsa

A fifth-generation Iron Ranger, Deputy Commissioner Jason Metsa previously served District 6B in the Minnesota House of Representatives for six years. During his time in the legislature, he successfully pushed for funding to create jobs and build infrastructure in northeastern Minnesota. As Deputy Commissioner, Jason will help carry out the agency's mission of promoting and investing in business, community and workforce development for our region. In addition to serving as the strategic lead for the agency's development initiatives, Jason also will focus on civic engagement, diversity and inclusion and relationship building with community partners.  

Jason lives in Virginia with his wife Amanda and two sons, Josiah and Henry. A self-described "DIYer," he keeps busy with projects at home and at the cabin. He enjoys downhill skiing, fishing and visiting family at the lake. He also loves music and is a big Bob Dylan fan. 

Deputy Commissioner Jason Metsa 
(218)735-3000 Ext 2

Jason Metsa: Deputy Commissioner

Executive Assistant Laureen Hall 

Laureen Hall: Executive Assistant


    Commissioner Mark Phillips Biography (pdf)

    Commissioner Mark Phillips (High Res Photo)

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