Assistant Commissioner Manny Munson-Regala
Manny Munson-Regala serves the Minnesota Department of Health as an assistant commissioner. He is responsible for overseeing the Health Systems Bureau, which is composed of the Health Regulation Division, the Health Policy Division, the Health Partnerships Division, and the Office of Medical Cannabis.
Prior to this appointment, Munson-Regala served as MDH assistant commissioner for Strategic Initiatives from December 2013 to December 2014. In this role he helped develop the state's medical cannabis program, and had oversight of key strategic functions including legal services and communications. From October 2012 to December 2013, Munson-Regala served as an assistant to the commissioner, helping develop and implement strategic initiatives on behalf of the Commissioner.
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. MDH employs about 1,400 staff members in the Twin Cities and in seven offices in Greater Minnesota.
Prior to joining MDH in 2012, Munson-Regala had a mix of private and public sector experience. His private sector experience included a mix of business development, legal, regulatory, compliance and legislative work at: Ceridian, United Healthcare, GeoVera Holdings, Inc., Discover Re, Travelers Insurance, The St. Paul Companies, and State Farm Fire and Casualty. On the public sector side, he served as acting commissioner and deputy commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and as deputy exchange director during the initial development of the state's health insurance exchange.
Munson-Regala received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Juris Doctor from University of Wisconsin Law School.