Former Allstate Counsel Picked to Lead Illinois Insurance Department

January 7, 2021

Dana Popish Severinghaus, formerly Legislative and Regulatory Counsel at Allstate Insurance Co., has been named director of the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Popish Severinghaus has extensive legal, policy, government relations and insurance industry-related experience. At Allstate she advised the company and its subsidiaries on legal, regulatory and legislative matters across the Midwest. Before her tenure at Allstate, Popish Severinghaus served as senior policy advisor for the State of Illinois in Central Management Services where she saw oversaw the Bureau of Benefits. Prior to that, she served as the director of Government Relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.

Popish Severinghaus is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, board member of the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund, secretary of the Illinois Insurance Association, advisory board member and co-chair of Government Relations Advisory Council for the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, Women in Law mentor at Chicago Kent College of Law and auxiliary board member of ChildServ.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Journalism & Mass Communications from the University of Iowa and Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent College of Law.

Source: Illinois Department of Insurance

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