Kate Johansen is a Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Prior to joining DHS, she served as Manager of Health Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, where she represented 2200 businesses and became a leading voice and advocate on ACA implementation issues, particularly the creation of state health insurance exchanges. Johansen has given dozens of presentations to thousands of people on health care and reform, provided policy analysis to organizations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and been quoted in every major Minnesota news publication and The New York Times. She is serving in her current position while on-leave from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
A life-long public servant, Johansen has served in every branch of government, two state legislatures, and on Capitol Hill. An attorney by trade, she clerked for the Minnesota Supreme Court after graduating summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in 2009, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Johansen is also a summa cum laude graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and a 2003 Truman Scholar. In 2013, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal named her one of the state’s “40 Under 40” business leaders.