Emily Johnson Piper
Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
Emily Johnson Piper is commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Before joining DHS, Piper served as general counsel and deputy chief of staff in the Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. In this role, Piper represented and advised the governor, lieutenant governor, cabinet and state agencies on legal matters involving the state of Minnesota. Piper also served as chair of the State Board of Investment Proxy Committee and the State Board of Investment Administrative Committee. She previously served as deputy commissioner and chief of staff for the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Piper began her career as an attorney with McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb Chartered in Minneapolis, working on civil litigation including health care and insurance law.