California Commissioner Makes Appointments to Insurance Boards

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has added new members to the California Department of Insurance’s Curriculum Board, the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association’s Board of Directors, and the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Governing Committee.

Rene Swan has been appointed to the Curriculum Board, which oversees the development of prelicensing and continuing education curriculum for agents and brokers licensed by the California Department of Insurance to uphold professional standards that protect consumers. Swan is president of United Valley Insurance Services Inc., a property/casualty insurance agency network of over 85 independent agencies. Swan has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Swan joins the board as a property/casualty trade association representative with a term ending on Oct. 2, 2023.

Alan Acosta has been appointed to the CLHIGA Board, which includes all insurance companies licensed to sell life and health insurance, and annuities, in California as members of its organization. CLHIGA was created to protect policyholders, up to certain limits, against financial failure of an insurance company licensed to sell those types of policies in this state. Acosta is director of Strategic Initiatives for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which offers a range of health and social services, cultural programs, and issues advocacy. Acosta joins the board as a public member representative, a newly established director position.

Lynne Davidson is the newly-appointed member of the WCIRB Governing Committee. The committee sets policy, oversees WCIRB management, and reviews all issues involving pure premium rates, classifications, rating plans, rating systems, manual rules and policy, and endorsement forms. Davidson is president of Tito’s Tacos Mexican Restaurant, and has been a board member of the California Restaurant Association for the past 26 years. Davidson joins the governing committee as an insured employer representative with a term ending on Oct. 2, 2022.

The next Curriculum Board meeting will be held on Oct. 15, and the next WCIRB Governing Committee meeting will be held on Dec. 9. The next CLHIGA Board of Directors meeting will be held in the spring of 2021.

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