Donelon Names Clarissa A. Preston Head of Consumer Advocacy
Released: September 26, 2007
Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon
has appointed Clarissa A. Preston Deputy Commissioner of the
Consumer Advocacy within the Department of Insurance. Preston
most recently served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department's
Office of Property & Casualty where she oversaw the consumer
affairs and insurance rating and policy forms divisions, along
with the Louisiana Property and Casualty Insurance Commission.
Legislation in the 2007 Regular
Session created the Office of Consumer Advocacy to provide
direct assistance to consumers
with their insurance problems. Donelon says Preston is a perfect
fit for the job. "Clarissa and the P&C staff work tirelessly
to help our state's policyholders with their insurance problems.
She knows the insurance issues facing our state and she will
be a strong advocate for our consumers," Donelon adds.
Preston is frequently asked to share her knowledge of the
Louisiana insurance market at meetings of state and national
civic and insurance organizations.
Preston is a New Orleans native and a graduate of Louisiana
State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree
in Sociology in 1994. She is a certified insurance counselor
(CIC) and was recently honored by the Society of Certified Insurance
Counselors for her dedication and leadership in insurance.
Preston holds both a property & casualty and life & health
insurance license (licenses temporarily inactive due to her
employment at the Department of Insurance) and is a commissioned
civil law notary public. She is a member of many professional
and civic organizations including the Association of Insurance
Compliance Professionals and the Insurance Regulatory Examiners
Society. Preston also serves as a board member of the Kiwanis
Club of South Baton Rouge and holds offices in several other
community service organizations.
In 2002 Preston was voted Employee of the Year by her co-workers
at the Department of Insurance.