Executive Team

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Dr. Heather Mueller, Commissioner

As Minnesota’s Education Commissioner, Dr. Heather Mueller heads an agency of more than 450 employees, charged with the mission of improving educational achievement for children from pre-K through grade 12, adult education and library services. Dr. Mueller works closely with Governor Tim Walz to promote a wide variety of education policies and initiatives focused on closing the achievement gap, supporting high-quality teaching, using innovative strategies to improve educational outcomes, and ensuring all students graduate from high school well-prepared for college, career and life.

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Bobbie Burnham, Assistant Commissioner
As Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Teaching and Learning, Bobbie oversees the divisions of Early Learning Services; Academic Standards, Instruction and Assessment; and Libraries and Out-of-School Time at the Minnesota Department of Education.

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Stephanie Graff, Assistant Commissioner
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.

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Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner
As Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner for the Office of External Relations, Wendy Hatch oversees the divisions of Communications; Public Engagement; and the Commissioner’s Office support team.

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Daron Korte, J.D., Assistant Commissioner
Assistant Commissioner Daron Korte, J.D., oversees the Minnesota Department of Education’s Office of Student Support Services, which includes the divisions of Special Education; Assistance and Compliance; Rulemaking; Nutrition Services; and Charter Schools.

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Denise Anderson, Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Denise is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the financial, administrative, budgeting and risk management functions.

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Tammy Funk, Human Resources Director
Tammy Funk is the Human Resources Director for the Minnesota Department of Education. She is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of human resources and agency services functions.

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Dr. Jane Harstad, Director of the Office of American Indian Education
As Director of the Office of American Indian Education, Dr. Jane Harstad serves as the agency’s chief liaison in working with the 11 Minnesota Tribal Nations and Twin Cities American Indian communities.

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Ashleigh Norris, Director of Communications
As Director of Communications, Ashleigh Norris leads the Minnesota Department of Education’s internal and external communications efforts. She is the primary liaison between the department and members of the press, and is responsible for telling the story of how efforts of the department benefit young Minnesotans and their families.

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Dr. Macarre Traynham, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center Director
Dr. Macarre Traynham is the Director of the Minnesota Department of Education's new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Center, which will provide leadership, direction and support in the development and implementation of an equity framework that guides the work and decision-making of the agency. Externally, the EDI Center will support school districts and charter schools in best practices and specialized strategies to address systemic bias and inequities.

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Adosh Unni, J.D., Director of Government Relations
As Director of Government Relations, Adosh Unni, J.D., serves as the primary liaison between the state legislature and the Minnesota Department of Education. He is responsible for monitoring all state and federal legislative activity relating to early childhood and K-12 education in Minnesota.

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