PCI Bolsters Washington Operations with 3 Hires: Glassic, Austin, Gray

February 5, 2014

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI)said it has added three new hires. Tom Glassic will join the association as vice president, policy and government relations; Nicole Austin will join the association as assistant vice president, federal government relations, and Ann Gray will be promoted to director, federal government relations.

David A. Sampson, PCI president and CEO, said the additions “will significantly enhance PCI’s influence and reputation” at the federal level.

Previously, Glassic was of counsel at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where he advised insurance clients on application of all insurance-related Dodd-Frank Act provisions, including those pertinent to the Federal Insurance Office, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and the designation and ultimate supervision of systemically significant non-bank financial institutions. Immediately before returning to private practice, Glassic was the general counsel of the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking. Prior to that, he served as senior counsel to Chairman Barney Frank, at the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services where he was the leading legal adviser on insurance issues in the Dodd-Frank Act, including insurance industry ramifications of FSOC designation and the creation of the Federal Insurance Office. Glassic drafted or reviewed all insurance-related legislation before the Committee during his tenure, including legislation concerning the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program and the National Flood Insurance Program.

With 12 years of experience in federal government activity, Austin most recently served as policy advisor in the Treasury Department’s Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, where she was responsible for advising on federal financial services policy, research, reports, and recommendations. In Congress, she served as Republican professional staff on the House Committee on Financial Services, staff director for the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity, and in the office of U.S. Representative Judy Biggert. She drafted, guided and managed legislation, including the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and insurance provisions within the Dodd-Frank Act including the creation of the Federal Insurance Office. For the House Financial Services Committee, she arranged Congressional hearings on issues ranging from the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program to international insurance matters. Austin also served as a senior Republican advisor for Members of significant House leadership teams, including the Dodd-Frank Act conference committee.

Gray, who has been serving as PCI’s assistant to the president and director of Washington, D.C. operations for the past six years, will be promoted and transition to the team as director of federal government relations. She brings 20 years of experience in executive operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce, The White House, and office of U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus.

PCI’s more than 1,000 members insurers write over $195 billion in annual premium, 39 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance.

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