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Commissioner Appointments

The Insurance Commissioner makes appointments to several advisory boards and committees, many of which are required by statute. Appointments are for a specified term. Some positions require specific expertise or experience for consideration.

The following information provides an overview of each board as well as current vacancies. All applicants must complete and submit an Application for Appointment. Completed applications, along with a resume, must be emailed to the Boards Officer at CDIBoards@insurance.ca.gov.

For inquiries, please contact: Amanda Bastidas, Boards Officer, Commissioner's Boards and Committees at (916) 492-3335 or CDIBoards@insurance.ca.gov.


About the Boards and Committees


California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan (CAARP) Advisory Committee

Description

Pursuant to California Insurance Code (CIC) §11623, the 15-member Advisory Committee provides policy advice to the Commissioner on matters affecting the operation of the plan. The plan was created to provide auto insurance for motorists unable to obtain coverage in the private market due to their driving records or other extraordinary circumstances. In 1999, the legislature created the California Low Cost Automobile Insurance program to provide affordable liability insurance to low-income good drivers, a program also administered within the plan. The plan assigns drivers to private insurers based upon the companies' share of the auto insurance market.

Board Structure

  • 8 members representing subscribing insurers are elected annually by such insurers. 
  • The Commissioner appoints the non-insurer members:
    • 4 members represent the public
    • 2 members represent producers
  • Term length: 1 year
  • Meetings: approximately six times each year, held alternately in San Francisco and southern California locations 
  • Compensation: Public and producer members are paid $250 per meeting by CAARP and are reimbursed for all reasonable expenses incurred.
  • FPPC Form 700 Statement of Economic Interest filing required: Yes (per CAARP)

Qualified Applicants

Duties of the public and producer members include advising the Commissioner on rate-making, assignment procedures, appeals and anti-fraud activities. Knowledge and experience with low income communities and/or automobile insurance issues is helpful. Fluency in Spanish is desirable. 

Vacancies 

None

 

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California Earthquake Authority (CEA) Advisory Panel

Description

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) was established pursuant to AB 13 (McDonald). The CEA is a privately financed, publicly managed agency that will provide earthquake insurance for California homeowners, condominium owners, mobile homeowners, and renters. The CEA Advisory Panel will advise the Governing Board of the CEA on the new policies that will be offered by the Authority, rates California homeowners will pay and operations of the new Authority. 

Board Structure

  • Members are appointed by the Governor, the Commissioner, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee. 
  • The Commissioner appoints:
    • 2 members representing insurance companies that are licensed to transact fire insurance in the state 
    • 1 licensed insurance agent
  • Term length: 4 years
  • Meetings: quarterly in Sacramento
  • Compensation: Board members are reimbursed by the CEA for expenses.
  • FPPC Form 700 Statement of Economic Interest filing required: Yes (per CEA)

Qualified Applicants

Insurance company seats: must be a producer licensed by the California Department of Insurance with experience selling earthquake coverage. Knowledge of the California Insurance Code and regulations relating to the conduct of producers is required. Interest and understanding of earthquake-related insurance issues is required of all candidates.

Vacancies 

None 


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California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) Board of Governors

Description

CIGA comprises all insurance companies licensed in specified lines of insurance in California. It acts as a guarantor of the insurance liabilities of insurance companies which issue policies to California residents. Should an insurer become insolvent, the association takes over the insurance obligations of the insurer in order to protect its policyholders from loss. Pursuant to CIC §1063(b), the Association shall be managed by a board of governors, composed of nine member insurers, each shall be appointed by the Commissioner. AB 2007 (Calderon) provides the Commissioner is to appoint two additional public members to the Board. The Board oversees the general operations and management of CIGA, including hiring and compensation of the CIGA Director. The Board authorizes CIGA to enter into long-term contracts, approves changes in investments, and approves managers for CIGA's assets.

Board Structure

  • 1 member of the public, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly
  • 1 member of the public, appointed by the President pro Tempore of the Senate
  • 9 member insurers, appointed by the Commissioner, at least:
    • 5 domestic insurers 
    • 3 stock insurers 
    • 3 nonstock insurers 
    • Term length: 3 years
  • 2 public members, appointed by the Commissioner:
    • 1 representing labor
    • 1 representing business
    • Term length: no statutory term limit
  • Meetings: quarterly, held alternately in San Francisco and Los Angeles locations
  • Compensation: Members may be reimbursed by CIGA for expenses related to attendance at meetings.
  • FPPC Form 700 Statement of Economic Interest filing required: Yes (per CIGA)

Qualified Applicants

  • Insurer members: must be CIGA member insurer. Most claims handled by the CIGA are workers' compensation, therefore property & casualty insurers are preferable.
  • Business member: Desirable qualifications: An understanding of insurer investments and the effect on the business community when an insurer is liquidated; An understanding of insurance requirements, types of insurance, and its effect on business operations; Knowledge of insurance company claims handling practices. 
  • Labor member: Desirable qualifications: An understanding of the effect on the labor community when an insurer is liquidated; An understanding of insurer or institutional investments; An understanding of insurance requirements, types of insurance, and its effect on labor operations; Knowledge of insurance company claims handling practices.

Vacancies 

None


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California Organized Investment Network (COIN) Advisory Board

Description

The California Organized Investment Network (COIN) was established in 1996 as a collaborative effort between the insurance industry, the Commissioner of Insurance, the Legislature, and advocates for investment in low income communities. COIN's mission is to match entrepreneurs, non-profit groups and local governments, either directly or through intermediaries, in low income and rural communities with insurance industry investment capital. For more information, visit the COIN webpage.

The COIN Advisory Board advises the Department on best methods and practices in regard to: increasing the level of insurance industry capital in safe and sound investments while providing fair returns to investors and social benefits to underserved communities; facilitating networking among executives in the insurance industry and community organizations seeking investments; and recommending programmatic guidelines to the COIN program. 

Board Structure

  • 1 member of the public, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly
  • 1 member of the public, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules
  • Members appointed by the Commissioner:
    • 3 investment executives in the insurance industry
    • 1 licensed attorney practicing insurance law
    • 1 member of a consumer advocacy group
    • 1 affordable housing practitioner
    • 1 local economic development practitioner
    • 1 member of a financial institution or a community development financial institution (CDFI)
    • 1 representative with experience seeking investment for low-to-moderate-income or rural communities 
  • Term length: 2 years
  • Meetings: 3 times per year in Sacramento with video conferencing in Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Compensation: Members may be reimbursed for expenses related to attendance at meetings, but are not otherwise compensated for their services.
  • FPPC Form 700 Statement of Economic Interest filing required: No

Vacancies 

None


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California Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) Governing Committee

Description

All workers' compensation insurance companies in California are required by law to be members of the bureau. A private organization licensed by the Department of Insurance for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and compiling rating data, funding comes from assessments of the insurer members. The board sets policy, oversees management of the affairs of the WCIRB, and oversees all issues involving pure premium rates, classifications, rating plans, rating systems, manual rules and policy, and endorsement forms. Pursuant to CIC §11751.3 the Commissioner will consult with the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, other statewide organized labor organizations, and statewide associations representing business to make appointments to the Committee.

Board Structure

  • 7 private insurer members are elected by the Committee. State Compensation Insurance Fund is a permanent member.
  • The Commissioner appoints:
    • 2 public members representing insured employers
    • 2 public members representing organized labor 
  • Term length: 2 years
  • Meetings: quarterly, or more often as necessary, in Oakland
  • Compensation: Public members may be reimbursed by the WCIRB for expenses related to attendance at meetings.
  • FPPC Form 700 Statement of Economic Interest filing required: Yes (per the WCIRB)

Qualified Applicants

All members must have an interest in how workers' compensation (WC) insurance rates affect an employer and/or employer industries, including the costs of WC benefits and expenses, classification of employees for purposes of determining insurance premiums, and experience rating of employer claims. Ability to network with other insured employers is desirable.
  • Public member representing an insured employer: candidates must represent an employer insured through a workers' compensation policy. Candidates must have a background in workers' compensation.
  • Public member representing organized labor: candidates must represent an industry in which its members are insured through WC policies. 

Vacancies 

None

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Curriculum Board

 

Description

Pursuant to Section 1749.1 of the California Insurance Code, the Curriculum Board (Board) oversees the development of prelicensing and continuing education curriculum for agents and brokers, including a list of preapproved courses of study and courses of study for professional designations. The Board also develops standards for providers and instructors of prelicensing and continuing education courses, programs and seminars. Subcommittees of the Board are routinely established to develop and/or update education and examination content outlines for all lines of insurance as well as curriculum for continuing education courses. Subcommittees meet twice per month via teleconference calls. Additionally, Board members may be called upon to participate in examination workshops where the licensing examination questions are reviewed for context, clarity and cultural biases. 

Board Structure

  • The Commissioner appoints representatives of:
    • insurance agents 
    • brokers
    • life agents/trade associations 
    • insurance companies
    • consumer groups
    • bail agents
    • insurance adjusters
  • Term length: 3 years
  • Meetings: 3 times per year in Sacramento
  • Compensation: Members may be reimbursed for expenses related to attendance at meetings, but are not otherwise compensated for their services.
  • FPPC Form Statement of Economic Interest filing required: Yes (per the CDI)

Qualified Applicants

Applicants must be subject matter experts for the position being sought. Applicants must commit to attend quarterly Board meetings and participate in subcommittee meetings. Knowledge of the California Insurance Code and the California Code of Regulations relating to the conduct of insurance professionals is required of all applicants.

Vacancies: 2 New May 2013

  • (1) Bail agent representative
  • (1) Life agent trade association representative
Deadline for application: August 5, 2016
Next Board Meeting: July 21 & October 20
Qualified applicants that reflect the diversity of the State of California, including women and minorities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Insurance Diversity Task Force

Description

The Insurance Diversity Task Force considers and makes recommendations about diversity in the insurance industry. Specifically, the mission of the Task Force is to:

  • Identify and promote insurance companies that are actively engaged in diversity issues;
  • Explore the status of diverse representation on insurance company governing boards;
  • Identify actions that the Department of Insurance can take to encourage insurance companies to increase procurement with diverse suppliers; and
  • Provide recommendations in regards to current legislation and suggest changes to existing law.
For more information about the Insurance Diversity Initiative, visit the Insurance Diversity webpage.

Board Structure

  • The Commissioner appoints a minimum 12, maximum 15 members. At least:
    • 2 Insurance Industry Representatives; including one who currently serves as a practitioner in the field of supplier diversity (i.e., Supplier Diversity Manager or Chief Procurement Officer)
    • 3 Minority Business Enterprise Advocates/Representatives
    • 2 Women Business Enterprise Advocates/Representatives
    • 1 Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Advocate/Representative
    • 1 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) Advocate/Representative
    • 1 Diverse Business Owner Representative
    • 1 Supplier Diversity Advocate/Expert
    • 1 Governing Board Diversity Advocate/Expert
  • Term length: 2 years; unlimited terms 
  • Meetings: quarterly, in Sacramento with videoconferencing in Los Angeles and San Francisco 
  • Compensation: Members may be reimbursed for travel expenses related to attendance at meetings, but are not otherwise compensated for their services.
  • FPPC Form 700 Statement of Economic Interest filing required: No

Qualified Applicants

Must possess background or experience in supplier diversity and/or governing board diversity work. Expertise pertaining specifically to the insurance industry is highly desirable.

Vacancies

None

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Other Boards & Committees: Non-Commissioner Appointments

Board of Directors California Life & Health Insurance Guarantee Association (CLHIGA) 

The association consists of all insurance companies licensed to sell life and health insurance, and annuities in California. It was created to protect certain policyholders, up to certain limits, against financial failure of an insurance company licensed to sell those types of policies in this state. Should this happen, the association will assess its other member insurance companies for funds to pay the claims of insured persons who live in this state and, in some cases, to keep coverage in force.

Pursuant to CIC Section 1067.06, the Board of Directors are elected by member insurers subject to approval of the Commissioner. The board meets quarterly and members serve three-year terms. Members may be reimbursed for expenses related to attendance at meetings, but are not otherwise compensated for their services.

Fraud Assessment Commission

Please visit the Fraud Assessment Commission webpage for more information.


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