Jeff Pettegrew

Jeff Pettegrew

2017 – current
Chief Policy Officer and National Spokesperson for the Association of Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation, ARAWC (Dallas, TX)
As a renown workers’ compensation expert and industry thought leader for 40 years, seek to promote and improve understanding of the advantages of the unique Texas alternative injury benefit plan through active engagement with industry and news media as well as social media. Provide an updated ARAWC blog called “Pettegrew Perspectives;” attend and speak at relevant educational meetings and conferences; continue an active dialogue with ARAWC members, regulators, as well as other industry colleagues and experts.

2017 – Present
Advisory Board Member at Insurance Thought Leadership, (Sacramento, CA and the Institutes, Malvern, PA)
Provide leadership guidance to the ITL Executive Committee, serving with 6 other international industry thought leaders.

2015 – 2017
Chief Imagination Officer at Insurance Thought Leadership (Sacramento, CA and the Institutes, Malvern, PA)
Provided leadership, experience, and inspiration to the world’s largest and most influential web-based thought leader platform. Assisted in managing and recruiting a team of nearly 1,000 worldwide insurance industry thought leaders, including Google, who- through timely articles and research – seek to shape the future and improve the universe of insurance and risk management.

2004 – 2015
Executive Director/CEO of the California Self Insured Security Fund (SISF), Walnut Creek, CA
Managed the nation’s largest self-insured security (guaranty) fund covering all active and former nonpublic entity self-insureds for workers’ compensation in the State of California. SISF is a non-profit established by the California Legislature that manages and protects over 550 corporate and non-profit self-insured workers comp risks totaling over $9 billion.

1991- 2004
Vice President, Risk Management & Insurance of Westaff, Walnut Creek, CA
Designed, implemented and managed a complex self-funded workers compensation, liability and employee benefits program covering over 140 offices and 42,000 temp and regular employees of the company operating across the U.S. in 39 states. Provided professionally produced videotape training, safety equipment, and regional workshops covering safety and Westaff’s internal WC experience modifier.

1980 – 1991
Contra Costa Municipal Risk Management Insurance Authority, Walnut Creek, CA
Pioneered one of the nation’s first fully self-insured joint powers authority to provide pooled self-funded workers comp, liability, property, safety and health coverage for 18 municipalities.

1979 – 1980
Risk Manager, City of Sunnyvale, CA
First Risk Manager for this full-service municipality. Designed and implemented the city’s self-insured liability, workers’ compensation, property coverage and implemented a comprehensive safety program.

1986-87: President, Public Agency Risk Managers Association (PARMA)
1989-90: President, California Joint Powers Association (CAJPA) – (founding member)
1989: “Risk Manager of the Year” by Business Insurance magazine
1991-2000: Chairman, Business Insurance “National Workers Compensation & Disability Management Conference”
1996-97: President, Golden Gate Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).

Captain (Administration and Protocol) in the U.S. Air Force (1968-1972)
Masters, Public Administration from California State University, Hayward
Bachelor of Arts, Communication from Denison University, Granville, Ohio
Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation from the Institutes

Recent Articles by Jeff Pettegrew

The Next Jolt That Will Hit California

Losses from Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake near Napa, the largest in California in 25 years, seriously damaged more than 170 structures and injured more than 200 people. Overall earthquake-related losses are expected to exceed $1 billion. Many unreinforced masonry buildings risk being declared a total loss. But even retrofitting doesn’t always ensure earthquake immunity. The charming […]

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