Alumna Now Leading Minnesota Management and Budget Office

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Gov. Tim Walz has selected Minnesota Management and Budget deputy commissioner Erin Campbell ’04 to serve as the commissioner of Management and Budget. She has taken over for commissioner Jim Schowalter, who stepped down.

“In Erin Campbell’s nearly 20 years with the state of Minnesota, she has demonstrated outstanding service and exceptional leadership in every challenge laid in front of her,” Walz said in the news release announcing the leadership transition. “Campbell is a talented, dedicated and tireless public servant; there is no better person to lead MMB while we work to deliver for Minnesotans and position the state for a strong economic future.”

The release also included a statement from Campbell: “I am honored and humbled to be stepping into the role of commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget. There is critical work ahead to retain and hire the workforce of the future, to ensure the state remains on strong fiscal footing, and to support our colleagues in state agencies as they implement recently enacted legislation – I am excited to get started. I look forward to working in collaboration with the Governor and Lt. Governor and with our partners in the legislature to ensure that state agencies are well positioned to deliver excellent service to Minnesotans.”

Campbell was appointed deputy commissioner for Enterprise Employee Resources in July 2022. Prior to joining MMB, Campbell served in several positions around state government including as the assistant commissioner for Facilities and Enterprise Services at the Department of Administration where she oversaw the restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol. In May 2020, she stepped in to lead the Minnesota Department of Health’s Long Term Care Battle Plan, working to keep COVID-19 out of long-term care facilities. Prior to joining the Department of Administration, Campbell served as the deputy chief of staff for policy and legislative affairs for Gov. Mark Dayton. She also spent six years working for the Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller.

Campbell graduated from Concordia with majors in social work and Spanish and minors in political science and psychology.

MMB is responsible for managing state finances, payroll, and human resources. It also provides systems for daily business operations and information access and analysis. As a central service agency, MMB serves the governor, the legislature, more than 100 state government entities, 56,000 state employees, and the public.