California Commissioner Names Members to Insurance Diversity Task Force

September 9, 2019

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Monday announced the newest members of the 2019 – 2020 Insurance Diversity Task Force, which makes recommendations to the commissioner on ways to increase diversity within the insurance industry.

The task force was formed in 2012 as a component of the California Department of Insurance’s Insurance Diversity Initiative, which encourages insurers to increase procurement contracts with diverse business owners, such as a woman-owned, veteran-/disabled veteran-owned, minority-owned or LGBT-owned businesses, as well as advance diversity of insurance company corporate boards.

The newest members include the Task Force’s first female representative of the veteran/disabled veteran-owned business enterprise seat and first woman and Latina CEO of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in its 130 years.

Members listed below serve a term ending Sept. 6, 2012. Members of the task force include:

Rebecca Aguilera-Gardiner, vice president and co-owner of Diego & Son Printing, a second-generation printing business . She is also executive director of the Veterans In Business Network, a nonprofit veteran business organization. Aguilera-Gardiner joins the task force as an advocate/representative for veteran and disabled veteran business enterprises.

Milton Dellossier, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Morgan Stanley. Previously, Dellossier served as chairman of the board for the National Hispanic Corporate Council. Dellossier joins the task force as an advocate/representative for governing board diversity.

Phyllis Marshall, chief legislative counsel of the Chief Executive Office for the County of Los Angeles. She formerly served as senior counsel of the government practice division at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and as vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs for the Personal Insurance Federation of California. Marshall joins the Task Force as an advocate/expert for supplier diversity.

Mark Morales, president-emeritus of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Small Business Administration Lending Division of City National Bank, and co-owner of Charles Jacobsen Inc. Morales has been reappointed to the task force as an advocate/representative for LGBT business enterprises.

Maria Salinas, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. She founded Salinas Consulting, a finance and accounting consultancy firm, and serves as a member of numerous boards and commissions including Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Future of Work Commission. Salinas joins the task force as an advocate/representative for women business enterprises.

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