Leadership

Hearts for nonprofits.

A committed Senior Leadership team. A board elected by the very nonprofits NIA insures. Nothing but love for nonprofits.

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Insured by NIA:
Firefighter’s Burn Institute
Sacramento, CA

Senior leadership.

NIA’s committed Senior Leadership team manages a workforce distributed across 32 states to swiftly and efficiently meet the needs of nonprofit members and brokers.

At NIA, the C-suite is 63 percent female. Next-tier leadership — management levels and leads — is 70 percent female.

Pamela Davis

Pamela E. Davis

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
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Kimberly Aday

Kimberly Aday

Vice President of Accounting
Email Kimberly Aday
Melissa Dalske

Melissa Dalske

Chief Experience Officer (CXO)
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Dave Gibson

Dave Gibson

Chief Claims Officer (CCO)
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Dusti McKeown

Dusti McKeown

Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO)
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Chris Reed

Chris Reed

Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel
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Jean-Francois Roy

Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
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Starr Thompson

Starr Thompson

Chief People and Administration Officer
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Boards of directors.

NIA is guided by boards of directors, whose members are selected from the very nonprofits it insures. They are elected by a majority vote of the members and represent the broad diversity of NIA’s member organizations. All are united by their commitment to serving the needs of the nonprofit sector.

AMS
ANI
NANI
NIAC
Ahndrea Blue

Ahndrea Blue

Making A Difference Foundation
Tacoma, WA
Kristin Bradbury

Kristin Bradbury

Callan LLC
San Francisco, CA
Norris Clark

Norris W. Clark

Locke Lord LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Pamela Davis

Pamela E. Davis

President of NIAC, ANI, AMS and NANI
Nonprofits Insurance Alliance
Santa Cruz. CA
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Carolyn Day

Carolyn Day

Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc.
Chicago, IL
Danilo Garcia

Danilo Garcia

Vice Chair of NIAC
Alliance for Children's Rights
Los Angeles, CA
Debra Gore

Debra Gore

The Greenlining Institute
Oakland, CA
Ann Marie Gothard

Ann Marie Gothard

Chair of ANI, Vice Chair of NANI & AMS
Henry Schein, Inc.
New York, NY
S. Orlene Grant

S. Orlene Grant

Juanita C. Grant Foundation, Inc. (JCGF)
Washington DC / Prince George’s County
Edward G. Haik

Edward G. Haik

Surfrider Spirit Sessions
Kailua, HI
Joseph Harrington

Joseph Harrington

New Leaf Ethiopia Foundation
Clements, CA
Rachel Katz

Rachel Katz

Secretary of NIAC
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network CPEHN
Oakland, CA
Martha Marcon

Martha Marcon

KPMG LLP
Glendale, CA
Daniel S. Maydeck

Daniel S. Maydeck

Haynes Family of Programs, Inc.
La Verne, CA
Sarah Newkirk

Sarah Newkirk

Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz, CA
Shaun Powers

Shaun Powers

Secretary of ANI, NANI & AMS
Center for Developmentally Disabled (CDD)
Kansas City, MO
Gregory C. Scott

Gregory C. Scott

Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Garden Grove, CA
Trudy Soucoup

Trudy Soucoup

Homes First
Lacey, WA
Michael Shaver

Michael Shaver

Vice Chair of ANI
Brightpoint
Chicago, IL
Dave Tatlock

Dave Tatlock

Assistant Secretary of ANI & NANI
SRS East
Kansas City, MO
Christine Westbrook

Christine Westbrook

Goodwill Central Coast
Salinas, CA
Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson

Chair of NIAC, AMS & NANI
Oak Grove Center
Murrieta, CA

Boards of Directors: Chairs Emeriti

AMS
ANI
NANI
NIAC
Larry Bacon

R. Lawrence Bacon

Chair Emeritus
Bacon & Company
Carmel, CA
Wilson Jones

Wilson M. Jones

Chair Emeritus
BoardSource
Washington, DC

Elections and philosophy.

The member companies of Nonprofits Insurance Alliance are each governed by a board of directors elected annually by its member nonprofits.

The majority of board members are nonprofit executives.

From the beginning, NIA has been an organization driven by grassroots nonprofits.

NIA members are all 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and most of their work is community-based.

The boards have a healthy mix of representatives of nonprofit members and independent professionals.

While NIA’s companies are managed by a group of seasoned executives, the board of directors plays an active role in governance and oversight, actively debating issues of policy to ensure the best possible decision-making on behalf of the members.

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Insured by NIA:
Weehawken Creative Arts
Ridgway, CO

Nonprofit members elect the board.

The boards of directors are elected by the membership of ANI and NIAC, with each member having one vote.

Approximately one-third of the board stands for election each year.

There are two types of directors. A “member-related” director is a director who holds a position as an officer, director or employee with management responsibilities of an ANI or NIAC member.

A “professional” director is a director who has substantial management or professional experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Law
  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Insurance

At all times, at least 51% of the directors must be “member-related” and at least three must be “professional” directors.

Typically, the slate for “member-related” directors is competitive, with more nominees than open director seats.

The slate for “professional” directors is typically not competitive as it represents specific skill sets the board has determined are needed for the board at that time.

Nonprofit members nominate board candidates.

Nominations are solicited from all nonprofits insured by NIA in the fall via an electronic, faxed, or mailed nomination form.

All nominees are interviewed by one or more members of the Board Development Committee. The Committee meets to review the candidates and recommend a slate to the full board of directors at its December meeting. Nominees need not have insurance experience.

However, they must, in the opinion of the Board Development Committee, have sufficiently broad experience to bring value to the boards.

Every effort is made to produce a diverse slate, however, the Board Development Committee has limited control of this since nominations come directly from the membership.

Once approved for the slate by the Committee, nominees are required to supply information to enable the company to conduct a background search that includes credit and criminal history, and confirms any higher education reported by the candidate.

The background search information is provided electronically to the Board Development Committee chairperson by the background search service. Only issues that would potentially disqualify a candidate are then shared with the full Committee for consideration.

At its December board meeting, the slate of candidates who have qualified through the Committee and background check process, is discussed and approved as recommended or amended, and submitted to the membership for a vote.

The ballot is sent to each member electronically, or by fax or mail, in early January. The election period closes in early February.

Those who receive the largest number of votes in the open categories (i.e. “member-related” or “professional”) become directors immediately upon the close of the election. Terms are for three years.

In case a vacancy is created between elections, the board of directors may appoint a director to fill the unexpired term.

Board governance.

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California (NIAC), Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance, Risk Retention Group (ANI), National Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance (NANI), and Alliance Member Services (AMS) are all members of the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group.

Each board of directors for these four independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofits is directly responsible for the good governance of the organization it serves.

However, in recognition of the synergistic relationship of these companies and their interactions as part of a group, these boards of directors have met and agreed on certain practices and principles across the companies in the group.