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Live, from New York City: Minnesota’s new administration commissioner, Spencer Cronk


Gov. Mark Dayton has named Spencer Cronk the new state commissioner of the Department of Administration.

Cronk comes to us from a previous job in New York City, where from 2007 to 2009 he worked in the Bloomberg administration as executive director of organizational development and senior adviser for the Department of Small Business Services.

The Dayton people say that means he worked to “streamline and reorganize city services and built a track record around performance improvement, data-driven decision-making and finding efficiencies in large organizations.”

Also on Cronk’s resume:

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National Community Development Institute in Oakland, where he helped provide capacity-building support for nonprofit organizations, including strategic planning, human capital development and fiscal sustainability.

He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program and was a public affairs fellow with the Coro New York Leadership Center.

He grew up in Hopkins and received his bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.