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Last Updated: 1/23/2018

Leadership Team

Cynthia Bauerly, Revenue Commissioner

Photo of Commissioner Cynthia BauerlyCommissioner Cynthia Bauerly became commissioner in January 2015 after joining the department as deputy commissioner in the spring of 2014. As commissioner, she oversees an agency with more than 1,500 employees that manages over 30 different taxes and collects over $20.5 billion annually.

Prior to joining Revenue, she served as Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) where she led the department’s work of providing economic security for transitioning workers and workforce training and readiness.

Bauerly has extensive experience in law, management, and public policy. She has served in key leadership and management roles including as a Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission from 2008-2013, and as Chair of the agency in 2011. She also worked in the United States Senate developing and implementing a broad policy agenda that included working with the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

She has also worked in private practice in both Minnesota and Washington, D.C., most recently as a lawyer at Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis. Bauerly earned a B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Environmental and Public Affairs.

 

Lee Ho, Deputy Commissioner

Photo of Deputy Commissioner Lee HoLee Ho is the deputy commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Revenue where he helps oversee the day-to-day operations for an agency with more than 1,500 employees that manages over 30 different taxes and collects over $20.5 billion annually.

Before joining Revenue as deputy commissioner, Ho was assistant commissioner at the Department of Health where he was responsible for overseeing all of the department's operational activities, including human resources, financial and facilities management, and information technology governance.

Ho has over 30 years of experience in state and federal government service including prior experience with the Department of Revenue directing information technology operations and the U.S. Government Accountability Office evaluating the effectiveness of federal programs. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from San Diego State University and his master’s degree in public policy and administration from Northwestern University.

 
 

Cynthia Rowley, Assistant Commissioner

Photo of Assistant Commissioner Cynthia RowleyCynthia Rowley serves as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. She is responsible for the department’s Individual Income and Withholding Tax Division, Property Tax Division, and Tax Operations Division.

Rowley joined Revenue in 2002, serving as assistant director and director of the agency’s Tax Operations Division, responsible for processing and auditing returns and payments for 30 different tax types. In 2015 Rowley was named director of Property Tax, interpreting and communicating Minnesota’s Property Tax laws and rules through partnerships with local officials.  Prior to joining Revenue, she was a senior manager in the student loan industry and a strategic planning and process improvement consultant in the finance industry.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and Communication, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management.

 

Peter Skwira, Assistant Commissioner

Photo of Assistant Commissioner Peter SkwiraPeter Skwira is the Assistant Commissioner for Administration at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. He aligns the department’s Financial Management, Human Resources, Business Planning and Improvement, and Facilities divisions with the agency’s mission and operations. Skwira previously served as the department’s Director of the Financial Management Division where he led the agency’s efforts to strategically manage its financial resources in challenging times and built a budget to best support Revenue’s mission for the next biennium. 

Skwira has worked for the State of Minnesota for 20 years.  Prior to joining Revenue, he worked with the Pollution Control Agency, Department of Trade and Economic Development (now known as DEED), the Minnesota House of Representatives, and the Department of Natural Resources. 

Skwira has experience managing multi-million dollar budgets for the Department of Revenue, the Division of Fish and Wildlife, and Minnesota State Parks. He has directed financial business units, grant programs, volunteer programs, the DNR license center, and human resource and labor relations activities.  At the legislature, he provided financial and programmatic analysis, supported budget priorities, provided budget options and alternative solutions, and, when requested, specific program funding levels. Skwira has a degree in Biology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN.

 

Jenny Starr, Assistant Commissioner

Photo of Assistant Commissioner Jenny StarrJenny Starr serves as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. She is responsible for the department’s Corporate Franchise Tax Division, Sales and Use Tax Division, Special Taxes Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Collection Division. 

Starr has been with the department since 2007, serving as an attorney in the department’s legal services division. There, she provided legal advice and counsel in areas of corporate franchise tax, estate and gift taxes, pass‐through entities, unrelated business income tax and other administrative law areas for Minnesota’s business taxes. In 2014, Starr was appointed Assistant Commissioner for Business Taxes.

Prior to joining the department, Starr provided free legal services to low-income families at Legal Assistance of Dakota County and clerked at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline College of Law. 

Starr graduated Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.
 
 

Paul Cumings, Manager for Tax Policy

Photo of Tax Policy Manager Paul CumingsPaul Cumings is the Manager of Tax Policy at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. He leads the department’s tax policy operations and manages the tax policy development process between the department and the legislature. He oversees the department’s legislative support staff and the Tax Research Division.

Cumings joined the department as legislative liaison in 2011, after serving four years in the Minnesota House of Representatives as a committee legislative assistant and caucus researcher.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  

 

 

Libby Caulum, Director of Communications and Media Relations

Photo of Communications and Media Relations Director Libby CaulumLibby Caulum is the Director of Communications and Media Relations at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. She leads the Communications Division, overseeing the department’s internal and external communications, public relations, and marketing efforts to ensure the public has the information they need to access department services and meet their obligations under Minnesota tax law. Caulum has been with the department since 2015.

Prior to joining the department, Caulum was the Acting Communications Director and Outreach Director at the Minnesota Department of Commerce. She has worked as a program director in the nonprofit sector, and served as an AmeriCorps member and as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps.

She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

 

 

Greg Tschida, Chief Business Technology Officer  

Photo of Chief Business Technology Officer Greg TschidaR. Gregory (Greg) Tschida is the agency’s Chief Information Officer where he manages a staff of over 125 IT professionals who are responsible for the information technology systems that support Minnesota’s revenue systems. He is a member of the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s Senior Management Team, is a co-chair of the Department’s Business/IT Alignment Governance team, and is Executive Sponsor of the Integrated Tax System Oversight team. 

Tschida has over 25 years of experience managing large-scale, department-wide projects including Strategic Planning, Tax System Re-engineering, and Data Warehousing. Additionally, he has been active in the statewide Enterprise Architecture Team, the statewide Project and Portfolio management team, and the Government CIO Forum. He has Bachelor’s Degrees in Economic and Political Science and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.