The National Association of Insurance Commissioners recently named 32 consumer liaison representatives for 2020.
The 20 funded and 12 unfunded consumer representatives began their terms Jan. 1. Fifteen of the funded consumer representatives participated in the program in 2019. They receive funds from the NAIC, typically in the form is expense reimbursement for travel and lodging at NAIC meetings.
Established in 1992, the Consumer Liaison Program "promotes consumer interaction with the NAIC's members, the insurance industry and interested parties through the individuals' dedication and commitment to serving the public interest," an NAIC press release said.
“Our consumer liaison representatives are experts in their fields and the NAIC relies on them to provide our regulators with direction and support,” said Ray Farmer, NAIC president and director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance. “The work that consumer liaisons do alongside our members supports our organization in continuing to protect consumers.”
The 2020 Funded Consumer Liaison Representatives:
New funded representatives are noted with an asterisk.
Amy Bach: Executive Director, United Policyholders
Birny Birnbaum: Executive Director, Center for Economic Justice
Brendan M. Bridgeland: Director, Center for Insurance Research
Courtney Bullard: Education and Collaborations Director, Utah Health Policy Project*
Bonnie Burns: Training and Policy Specialist, California Health Advocates
Thomas M. Callahan: Executive Director, Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
Laura Colbert: Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future
Brenda J. Cude: Professor, Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, University of Georgia
Kimberly Donovan: Chief Policy Analyst, Office of Public Insurance Counsel*
Erica Eversman: President, Automotive Education & Policy Institute
Justin Giovannelli: Associate Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reform
Ross Hammond: Strategic Advisor, The Sunrise Project*
Katherine (Katie) Keith: Consultant Advisor and Steering Committee Member, Out2Enroll
Karrol Kitt: Emeritus Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Human Ecology Department of Human Development & Family Sciences
Peter R. Kochenburger: Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Executive Director, Insurance Law Center, University of Connecticut School of Law
Sarah Lueck: Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Wayne Turner: Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program*
Caitlin Westerson: Policy Director, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative*
Jackson Williams: Vice President, Public Policy, Dialysis Patient Citizens
Silvia Yee: Senior Staff Attorney and Analyst, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
The 2020 Unfunded Consumer Representatives
New representatives noted with an asterisk.
Ashley Blackburn: Senior Policy Analyst, Community Catalyst
Benjamin Chandhok: Senior Director of State Legislative Affairs, Arthritis Foundation
Lucy Culp: Executive Director, State Government Affairs, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Deborah Darcy: Director of Government Relations, American Kidney Fund
Eric Ellsworth: Director, Health Data Strategy, Consumers Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services