NAIC Announces 35 Consumer Representatives for 2017

January 23, 2017

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recently named 35 consumer liaison representatives for 2017. The 22 funded and 13 unfunded consumer representatives began their terms Jan. 1.

Eighteen of the funded consumer representatives participated in the program in 2017.

Established in 1992, the Consumer Liaison Program promotes consumer interaction with the NAIC’s members, the insurance industry and interested parties.

Ted Nickel, NAIC president and Wisconsin insurance commissioner, said the consumer representatives “provide regulators with important guidance on consumer interests across the nation and contribute to the NAIC’s mission.”

The NAIC voted to increase the number of funded consumer representatives from 20 to 22 this past fall.

The 2017 Funded Consumer Liaison RepresentativesNew funded representatives are noted with an asterisk.

  • Bailey Acevedo: Health Attorney, Community Service Society of New York*
  • Amy Bach: Executive Director, United Policyholders
  • Birny Birnbaum: Executive Director, Center for Economic Justice
  • Brendan M. Bridgeland: Director, Center for Insurance Research
  • Bonnie Burns: Training and Policy Specialist, California Health Advocates
  • Thomas M. Callahan: Executive Director, Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance*
  • Brenda J. Cude: Professor, Department of Housing and Consumer Economics, University of Georgia
  • India R. Hayes Larrier: Health Care Organizer, New Jersey Citizen Action
  • Timothy Stoltzfus Jost: Professor, Virginia Organizing Project
  • Debra K. Judy: Policy Director, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
  • Katherine (Katie) Keith: Steering Committee Member, Out2Enroll*
  • Karrol Kitt: Emeritis Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Human Ecology Department of Human Development & Family Sciences
  • Peter R. Kochenburger: Executive Director of the Insurance Law LL.M. Program, Deputy Director of the Insurance Law Center, and Associate Clinical Professor of Law; University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Sonja L. Larkin-Thorne: Consumer Advocate Sarah Lueck: Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Annalise Mannix: Project Manager, Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe
  • Lincoln Nehring: Chief Executive Officer, Voices for Utah Children
  • Jesse Ellis O’Brien: Policy Director, Oregon State Public Interest Research Group
  • JoAnn Volk: Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms
  • Jackson Williams: Director of Government Relations, Dialysis Patient Citizens
  • Silvia Yee: Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund*
  • Cindy Zeldin: Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future

The 2017 Unfunded Consumer RepresentativesNew representatives noted with an asterisk.

  • Ashley Blackburn: Policy Analyst, Community Catalyst*
  • Lucy Culp: State Advocacy Consultant, American Heart Association, National Center*
  • Deborah Darcy: Director of Government Relations, American Kidney Fund
  • Howard Goldblatt: Director of Government Affairs, Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
  • Marguerite Herman: Owner, Healthy Wyoming Anna Howard: Policy Principal, Access to Care, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • Amy Killelea: Director, Health Systems Integration, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
  • Michelle Lilienfield: Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program*
  • Claire McAndrew: Director of Campaign Strategy, Families USA
  • Brendan Riley: Policy Analyst, Health Advocacy Project, North Carolina Justice Center*
  • Andrew Sperling: Director of Legislative Advocacy, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Harper Jean Tobin: Director of Policy, National Center for Transgender Equality*

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