Director, Public Affairs, Law Department -- CNA Financial
Identified relevant legislative and judicial issues, and worked with other companies, industry associations and other industries to create and implement successful public affairs strategies. One such project is the Home Equity Assurance Program, which uses an innovative combination of a local speciality tax, and private participation, to provide home price guarantees in several large areas of Chicago.
President -- Urban Insurance Partners Institute
Managed a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping insurers develop best practices in urban marketing and underwriting. Conducted workshops, seminars and other events with regulators, industry leaders and urban markets experts. Created a plan, supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation, for studying new forms of underwriting.
Public Affairs Specialist -- Alliance of American Insurers
Handled public affairs issues for two regions, plus special legislative initiatives on civil justice for the chairman. Worked with the Illinois Supreme Court special committee on alternative dispute resolution to develop broad support for court-annexed mandatory arbitration, which successfully reduced the significant caseload backlog in Cook County.
Founder and Executive Committee Member -- New York Public Interest Research Group
Helped secure funding, organizational structure and campus participation for one of the earliest statewide PIRG groups. Helped design and implement studies leading to improved toy safety, and the landmark Federal Reserve Board ruling on interest rate disclosures, among other initiatives.