Patrice Bailey

Patrice Bailey

Mr. Patrice Bailey was appointed to the position of assistant commissioner in June 2019. Bailey oversees agricultural, marketing and development, dairy and meat inspection, food and feed safety, and outreach for the MDA. Bailey, a native of Harlem, New York, holds a B.S. in agriculture education from Prairie View A&M University (Texas) and has a Master’s Degree in agriculture from Iowa State University. He has served the Twin Cities in several positions focused on bridging underrepresented communities of color to various available resources and advocating for them legislatively at the Capitol. Prior to his current position as assistant commissioner, he served as the outreach director for the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

Leadership

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

President and CEO
Michael Ahern

Michael Ahern

Chief Development Officer
Michael Auger

Michael Auger

Chief Legal, Risk, and Governance Officer
Michael Burns

Mike Burns

Chief System Operations Officer
Andrew Kasid

Andrew Kasid

Executive Vice President, CFO
Pam Sarne

Pam Sarne

Vice President – Accounting
Tom Thomalla

Tom Thomalla, Jr.

Director of Information Systems
Katherine Verhasselt

Katherine Verhasselt

Chief People Officer

Board of Directors

Kris Taylor

Kris Taylor

Chairperson
Patrice Bailey

Patrice Bailey

Heidi Conrad

Heidi Conrad

Nicole M Hansen

Nicole M. Hansen

Beverly Jones Heydinger

Beverly Jones Heydinger

Ken Peterson

Ken Peterson

Pat Wolf

Pat Wolf

David Ybarra

David Ybarra

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

Ex Officio

George Fremder

George Fremder

Director Emeritus
Former Mayor, George Latimer

George Latimer

Director Emeritus
Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe

Director Emeritus
Barbara Lukermann

Barbara Lukermann

Director Emerita
Susan Sands

Susan Sands

Director Emerita
Bernard St. Peter

Bernard St. Peter

Director Emeritus
John Taylor

John Taylor

DIRECTOR EMERITUS