Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty announced Rebecca Matthews has been appointed chief of staff for the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation.
Matthews has been serving in the interim chief of staff capacity since Oct. 25, 2013, when then-chief of staff Audrey Brown left the post to become the new chief executive officer of the Florida Association of Health Plans.
Matthews joined the Office of Insurance Regulation in 2008. During her tenure, Matthews’ primary areas of oversight included government affairs initiatives, covering both legislative and cabinet affairs; market research and technology; and serving in an advisory role to the chief of staff for agency administration and operations.
Prior to joining the Office of Insurance Regulation, Matthews served as legislative affairs director for both the Florida Department of Management Services and the Florida Lottery. She also served in lead communications positions, including as vice president of communications at the Florida Bankers Association.
Commissioner McCarty also announced Monte Stevens has been named deputy chief of staff with a primary focus on government affairs.
Stevens previously led government affairs efforts for the Office of Insurance Regulation from 2007 to 2012.
Most recently, Stevens served as the director of government affairs and public policy at the Florida Medical Association. He also worked as a senior legislative analyst in the Florida House of Representatives Majority Office and as deputy director of legislative affairs at the Florida Department of Financial Services and Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
Source: Florida Office of Insurance Regulation