What inspired you to pursue a career in risk management?
After graduating college, I was fortunate to start my career working for a workers’ compensation disability management firm. I had a number of different roles in the organization, each of which exposed me to different parts of the California workers’ compensation system and state and federal leave laws. Many of the firm’s clients were public agencies, so I learned a lot about risk management in a public agency setting which led me to pursue and obtain an ARM designation. For the past five years, I have worked for the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority as a Regional Risk Manager.
What do you specialize in?
My background is in workers’ compensation and disability management, but I have really grown to become a risk management generalist. In my current job with the California JPIA, I routinely assist member agencies with a variety of matters including risk assessment, contractual risk transfer, health and safety, and employment practices.