Ellison Names Chief of Staff, Transition Co-Chairs for Attorney General’s Office

Donna Cassutt, Ellison’s Congressional Chief of Staff will serve the same role in the Attorney General’s office; Richard Allyn and Sarah Walker will serve as transition co-chairs

MINNESOTA – Minnesota Attorney General-elect Keith Ellison today announced that his Congressional Chief of Staff Donna Cassutt will serve as Chief of Staff in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office when he takes office in January. Ellison also announced today that Richard Allyn, former Solicitor General and Chief Deputy Attorney General, and Sarah Walker, civil rights and public policy leader, will serve as co-chairs for his transition into the Attorney General’s Office.

“I am honored to have earned the trust of the people of Minnesota to serve as their Attorney General, where I will fight for affordable health care, a fair economy, and equal rights for all,” said Ellison. “To carry out this important work will require an outstanding team of dedicated public servants, and I could not ask for someone better to lead those efforts than my terrific Chief of Staff, Donna Cassutt. I thank Richard Allyn and Sarah Walker, who will lead a team to help build a strong, dedicated, people-centered public law firm for the people of Minnesota.”

Donna Cassutt currently serves as Ellison’s congressional chief of staff, where she oversees staff in both Washington, D.C. and Minnesota. As Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, she will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of Ellison’s plans to increase access to affordable health care, fight for a fair economy for all, and protect civil rights and equal opportunity throughout Minnesota. Ellison’s first legislative priority will be to push for civil service reform to protect staff attorneys in the Office of the Attorney General from being dismissed solely on the basis of partisan affiliation, or other protected status.

Sarah Walker is a government affairs consultant, and founder of the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition. She brings extensive research experience to issues of politics, inequality, criminal justice reform and the role of philanthropic organizations in setting public interest agendas. Richard Allyn is a partner at Robins Kaplan LLC specializing in business litigation including insurance, environmental, and governmental and non-profit organizations. Allyn previously served as Solicitor General and Chief Deputy Attorney General. As co-chairs of Attorney General-elect Ellison’s transition team, Walker and Allyn will assist in the selection of additional senior staff to Ellison, and will work to ensure a smooth transition for Minnesotans who rely on service provided by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

Keith Ellison will be sworn into office as Minnesota’s 30th Attorney General on January 7, 2019.