Commissioner and Chief Information Officer
In February 2018, Brigadier General Johanna Clyborne was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve as Commissioner and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Minnesota. Commissioner Clyborne brings extensive experience in operations, leadership, and cybersecurity to Minnesota IT Services (MNIT). She leads MNIT and its 2,244 employees, in its critical mission to deliver high-quality customer service, keeping 5.5 million Minnesotans safe and secure online, and effectively managing the technology services of state government. Services that support over 70 boards, agencies and commissions, connects 87 counties, 375 partners, and over 38,000 state employees.
Commissioner Clyborne is a traditional Guardsmen holding the rank of Brigadier General in the Minnesota National Guard where she serves as the Director of the Joint Staff providing guidance, leadership, and oversight to the Joint Staff. In her role as a General Officer, she advises the Office of the Adjutant General on joint matters for 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen pertaining to the provision of ready units and the supporting actions of providing a competent ready force, optimal force structure, and cyber response. She is also responsible for emergency response operations, government relations, strategic planning, facilities management, and international affairs. Under her leadership, the Minnesota National Guard has made cybersecurity one of their top priorities. A combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she received the Bronze Star, Commissioner Clyborne holds the distinction of being the first female to command a brigade and to obtain the rank of Brigadier General in the Minnesota Army National Guard.
In addition to her military service, Commissioner Clyborne is a founding partner of the Shakopee-based law firm Brekke, Clyborne, and Ribich, L.L.C., where she focuses on family law, military pension and federal benefits, and legal issues particular to the United States Armed Forces. As an attorney, Commissioner Clyborne is a frequent presenter and author on military family law matters. She co-authored Minnesota’s Uniform Deployed Parents Visitation and Custody Act, chairs the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Veterans and Military Affairs Council, participates in the Legal Assistance to Military Personnel through the Minnesota State Bar and Volunteer Lawyers Network. She is named as a Minnesota Super Lawyer and one of Minnesota’s Top Women Lawyers by Minnesota Law and Politics.
Being an active and contributing member in the community is important to Commissioner Clyborne. She is a recognized North Star lawyer for providing free legal assistance to underserved populations, has been a Girl Scout troop leader since 2005, is a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers, serves as a mentor for the University of St. Thomas School of Law, sits on board of directors for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross, sits on the Counsel for Young Women’s Initiative for the State of Minnesota, and is a Veteran’s Court mentor for the Carver County Court.
Commissioner Clyborne is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, the University of St. Thomas School of Law (J.D.), and completed a fellowship at Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (International Securities Studies). Commissioner Clyborne lives in Minnetonka with her husband, Duncan, their daughter, Keira, and her rescue dog, Java. She enjoys reading, traveling, running, and is a Walt Disney fanatic.