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Arizona

Barbara D. Richardson

Cabinet Executive Officer

Western Zone

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Barbara D. Richardson joined the Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI) as Cabinet Executive Officer (CEO) effective March 6, 2023. 

CEO Richardson previously served as the Insurance Commissioner for Nevada from March 2016 to December 2022. Prior to her Nevada role, she worked for the New Hampshire Insurance Department as Director of Operations and Fraud for 12 years. She also has held positions at CNA Insurance, Kemper Financial, the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, and Putnam Securities.

CEO Richardson previously served on the NAIC’s various committees, task forces, and working groups. She served as chair of the NAIC System for Electronic Rates & Forms Filing (SERFF) Advisory Board and as co-vice chair of the Climate and Resiliency (EX) Task Force.

CEO Richardson is a graduate of Vassar College. She earned a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Loyola University (Chicago, IL).

The Arizona DIFI oversees the secure operation of Arizona’s state-chartered financial institutions. It ensures public confidence in financial institutions by protecting the interest of depositors, borrowers, shareholders, and consumers through the enforcement of state laws. The DIFI is responsible for administering state laws that regulate financial institutions, which include banks, credit unions, trust companies, and trust divisions

Office Information
Main

Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions
100 North 15th Avenue
Suite 261
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2630
United States

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  • Department

    Category

    Contact

    Phone

    Email

  • Arizona

    Vacant
    Deputy Director of Insurance

  • Arizona

    Vacant
    Deputy Director of Financial Institutions

    602-771-2772

  • Arizona

    Annual Statement Filings

    Cary Cook
    Chief Financial Compliance Officer, Financial Affairs Division

    (602) 364-3986

  • Arizona

    Captive Insurer Licensing and Financial Reports

    Victoria Fimea
    Chief Captive Analyst

    (602) 364-0267

    victoria.fimea@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    Consumer Complaints and Inquires

    Noelani Rosato
    Supervisor, Market Regulation & Consumer Services Division

    (602) 364-2499

  • Arizona

    Department Counsel

    Attorney General
    Office

    (602) 542-3702

  • Arizona

    Deposits

    Cary Cook
    Chief Financial Compliance Officer, Financial Affairs Division

    (602) 364-3986

  • Arizona

    Examinations - Financial

    David Lee
    Chief Financial Examiner - Analyst

    602-364-3965

    david.lee@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    Examinations - Financial

    Kurt Regner
    Deputy Assistant Director, Financial Affairs Division

    (602) 364-3963

    kurt.regner@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    Examinations - Market Conduct

    Maria Ailor
    Assistant Director, Market Regulation and Consumer Services Division

    602-364-4922

    maria.ailor@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    Examinations - Producer (Pre-license)

    Aqueelah Currie
    Supervisor, Licensing Section, Consumer Protection Division

    (602) 364-4457

  • Arizona

    Fees/Assessments

    Mary Jordan
    Supervisor, Business Services Section, Administrative Services Division

    (602) 364-2459

  • Arizona

    Financial Analysis

    David Lathrop
    Chief Financial Analyst, Financial Affairs Division

    (602) 364-3996

    dave.lathrop@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    Financial Analysis

    Kurt Regner
    Deputy Assistant Director, Financial Affairs Division

    (602) 364-3963

    kurt.regner@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    Fraud Unit

    Paul Hill
    Assistant Director, Fraud Investigations Division

    (602) 364-2140

  • Arizona

    Guaranty Funds

    Lori Nestor
    Executive Director, Guaranty Fund Office

    (602) 364-3863

  • Arizona

    Health Care Appeals

    Audrey Franklin
    Supervisor, Health Care Appeals Office

    (602) 364-2399

  • Arizona

    Insurer Licensing, Mergers/Acquisitions, Redomestications Withdrawals

    Cary Cook
    Chief Financial Compliance Officer, Financial Affairs Division

    (602) 364-3986

  • Arizona

    InsurTech

    Gioconda Espinosa
    Assistant Director, Product Filing & Compliance

    gio.espinosa@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    InsurTech

    Kurt Regner
    Deputy Assistant Director, Financial Affairs Division

    (602) 364-3963

    kurt.regner@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    Investigations, Enforcement

    Deian Ousounov
    Assistant Director, Innovation, Enforcement, and Regulatory Policy Division

    (602) 364-2499

  • Arizona

    Ombudsman; Constituent Affairs

    Catherine O'Neil
    Consumer Affairs Administrator

    (602) 364-2485

  • Arizona

    Policy, Form, Rate and Advertising Filings

    Gioconda Espinosa
    Assistant Director, Product Filing & Compliance

    gio.espinosa@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    Premium Taxes

    Loretta Moncibaez
    Lead Auditor, Insurance Tax Section, Administrative Services Division

    (602) 364-3246

  • Arizona

    Producer Licensing

    Aqueelah Currie
    Supervisor, Licensing Section, Consumer Protection Division

    (602) 364-4457

  • Arizona

    Public and Media Affairs

    James McGuffin
    Assistant Director/PIO

    (602) 771-0178

    james.mcguffin@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    Receivership

    Liane Kido
    Deputy Receiver

    (602) 364-2143

  • Arizona

    Statistical Reporting

    Gioconda Espinosa
    Assistant Director, Product Filing & Compliance

    gio.espinosa@difi.az.gov

  • Arizona

    Surplus Lines Insurer Qualification

    Erica Bowsher
    Insurance Analyst, Financial Affairs Division

    (602) 364-3450

  • Arizona

    Technology and Information Systems

    Bud Leiner
    Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Division

    (602) 364-2983

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