Jodi Harpstead


Minnesota Department of Human Services




So what is going on at DHS? Governor Tim Walz hopes that Jodi Harpstead, whom he appointed in August, can straighten things out. Stories of the summer turmoil at the department read like a soap opera: allegations of fraud and misspent funds, numerous top-level resignations (then some un-resignations, plus a re-resignation), and a commissioner who left after just six months. That puts Harpstead, who’d been serving as president and CEO of St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, in the hot seat. She has the right experience. Can she provide the sunlight and fresh air legislators are demanding?