Deputy Chief Operating Officer Alyssa Haugen
Alyssa Haugen was appointed acting assistant commissioner for Health Operations at the Minnesota Department of Health in January 2018.
She is responsible for overseeing all of the department's operational activities, including human resources, financial and facilities management, and information technology governance.
MDH is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans. The department operates programs in disease prevention and control, health promotion, community public health, environmental health, health care policy, and regulation of health care providers.
The department employs approximately 1,400 staff in the Twin Cities area and in seven offices in Greater Minnesota.
Prior to being appointed acting assistant commissioner, Alyssa was deputy chief operating officer at the Minnesota Department of Health since September 2015.
Alyssa was responsible for leading agency activities related to organizational change with a focus on program operations, process improvement and quality management. She acted to strengthen and develop organizational capacity in agency operations including process management, information technology business strategy, facilities planning and workforce planning.
Alyssa has been with MDH since 2012 advancing the agency’s capacity to manage and administer grants and building agency capacity to oversee agency-wide projects. She has worked for the State of Minnesota since 2005, managing and implementing a variety of grant programs and convening groups to discuss improved coordination of state, nonprofit and foundation relations.
Alyssa was formerly the director of the Office of Grants Management within the Department of Administration and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Grants Management Association. While at the Department of Administration, she became a Certified Lean Kaizen facilitator and led the grants kaizen work here at MDH.
She has a special interest in large-scale project management, continuous improvement and enterprise culture change.
Alyssa has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration from Metropolitan State University.