About MDE

Stephanie Graff

Stephanie Graff is the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Educational Opportunity, overseeing the divisions of School and Educator Support; Career and College Success; Student Access and Opportunity; and Data Practices and Analytics.

Prior to assuming the role of Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Assistant Commissioner, Stephanie worked as a special advisor on education for Minnesota’s Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. She has previously held multiple roles at MDE, providing leadership and support for efforts focused on equitable opportunities and outcomes for all of Minnesota’s students, most recently as the former director of the Equity and Opportunity Division. Prior to her 10 years of service at MDE and the governor’s office, Stephanie was a high school math and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher.

Stephanie graduated with two bachelor of sciences in marketing and management from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and received a master’s in public policy and leadership from the University of St. Thomas.