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Joanna Dornfeld joins United States of Care after serving as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s Chief of Staff, where she managed the daily operation of state government – a $46 billion enterprise with more than 34,000 employees serving 5.5 million people.

With more than a decade of legislative, policy, and leadership experience, Joanna served in multiple roles in the Dayton Administration including Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative and Cabinet Affairs where she oversaw development of the Governor’s biennial and capital budgets and managed legislative strategy. Joanna worked closely with stakeholders and legislators of both parties to build consensus and achieve results. She was instrumental in passing a health insurance premium rebate program to blunt the dramatic premium increases. Minnesota passed a reinsurance law that is credited with lowering insurance premiums.  She also advocated for the Minnesota Care Buy-In which would expand access to Minnesota’s Basic Health Care program to more Minnesotans.

Joanna is widely respected as an effective manager and talented strategist. Prior to joining the Dayton Administration, Joanna was part of the team that overhauled Minnesota’s tax system to make it more fair and equitable and worked as the Public Policy Manager for the Minnesota High Tech Association. She also worked for five years for the Minnesota House of Representatives in several leadership roles. She got her start working in communications advocating for affordable housing.  

Joanna earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Advocacy and Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She lives in St. Paul with her husband and two school-aged daughters.

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