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A DeLaSalle alumna will lead a state agency that meets the basic needs of Minnesota residents.

Governor Mark Dayton appointed Emily Johnson Piper ‘98 as commissioner of the state Department of Human Services on December 7. Johnson Piper previously served as Dayton’s general counsel and deputy chief of staff. She succeeds Laura Jesson, whom Dayton appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

The department that Johnson Piper will oversee administers a broad range of services. including health care, economic assistance, mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment, child welfare services, and services for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Johnson Piper has served in state government as the deputy commissioner and chief of staff for the state Commerce Department. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of St. Thomas and has previously practiced healthcare and insurance law.

Johnson Piper is married with four children and lives in Golden Valley.

News Coverage of Johnson Piper’s Announcement:

Minneapolis Star Tribune

St. Paul Pioneer Press