District 5

Michelle Clasen, Washington County Commissioner

District 5 Commissioner Michelle Clasen


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Phone: 651-430-6215
Mobile: 651-336-9970
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Served on County Board since January 2023 
Term of office expires December 2026

About Commissioner Clasen

Michelle Clasen was elected to the District 5 commissioner seat in 2022. 

Commissioner Clasen is a high-energy and devoted public servant with more than 12 years of city government leadership experience. She has worked with Washington, Dakota, and Ramsey counties on state mandates, joint partnerships and collaborations, securing funding, and providing quality city and county operations and services. 

Commissioner Clasen is passionate about her community, climate action, mental health, workforce development, and clean water. 

Commissioner Clasen grew up in the east side of St. Paul and attended Johnson High School. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in paralegal with a minor in sociology from Winona State University. She currently works as a recruitment consultant. 

Commissioner Clasen moved to Woodbury in 2005, where she is raising her daughters Brook, 10 years old, and Teegan, 8 years old, who attend public school. She is a school volunteer, former Salvo soccer coach, and small business advocate.

  1. 2023 Committee Appointments

Commissioner Clasen serves on several boards and committees.

Washington County committees:

Community Development Agency (Alternate)

Library Park Association

Mental Health Advisory Council

Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee

Personnel Committee

Regional Rail Authority

Workforce Development Board (Alternate)

Regional committees:

Association of Minnesota Counties - Board of Directors (Alternate)

Association of Minnesota Counties - Economic Development, Workforce, and Housing Policy Subcommittee (EDWH)

Association of Minnesota Counties - Local Government Water Roundtable Advisory Committee

Gold Line Joint Powers Board

Gold Line Executive Change Control Board

Minnesota Inter-County Association (MICA) 

Ramsey / Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) Board

Ramsey / Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) Board - R&E Regional Hauler Licensing Board (Alternate)

State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC)

  1. About District 5