Our Staff

PIFC maintains a full-time professional staff in Sacramento to conduct legislative, regulatory and political advocacy. As an advocate for the major personal lines property and casualty companies in California, PIFC works hard to explore and innovate new ideas, and expand the ability of its member companies and the industry to meet the insurance demands and needs of the state while working to mitigate or oppose those concepts that will prove detrimental to the insuring public and industry alike.

Rex Frazier

Rex Frazier serves as President of the Personal Insurance Federation of California. He represents PIFC’s member companies before the California State government and provides advice on legislative, regulatory, litigation and political matters. He previously held the position of Vice President & General Counsel of PIFC.

Prior to joining PIFC, Mr. Frazier was an attorney in Los Angeles with the law firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, focusing on insurance and banking issues. Mr. Frazier previously served as Deputy Insurance Commissioner with the California Department of Insurance as well as legislative staff in the California State Assembly. Mr. Frazier has additionally served in various California political campaigns, including as campaign manager of a successful statewide ballot measure, Proposition 213, in 1996.

Mr. Frazier graduated as valedictorian from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. In addition, Mr. Frazier received graduate and undergraduate degrees in public policy from the University of Chicago. Mr. Frazier lives in Sacramento with his wife, April, and their two sons.

You can email Rex with comments or questions here.

Michael Gunning

Michael A. Gunning serves as the Vice President for the Personal Insurance Federation of California (PIFC) and represents PIFC member companies before the California State Legislature and California Department of Insurance (CDI) on personal lines insurance issues including: auto, homeowners, community investment and finance.

Mr. Gunning is a  veteran of finance, investments, public policy and community development in California.  Before joining PIFC, he was the Managing Director for the Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund.  At the CDI, Mr. Gunning was Director of the California Organized Investment Network Program overseeing insurer investments in low and moderate income communities.  He was also a policy consultant for the California Legislature, Assembly Republican Office of Policy advising the Republican members on banking and insurance issues.

Mr. Gunning continues his interest in Community Development through two non-profits, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Community Development and the Research and Policy Institute of California.  In 2010 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Gunning to the California Housing Financing Agency.

Mr. Gunning has completed leadership training at Harvard’s Kennedy School and holds a BA in Political Science and History from Claremont McKenna College and an MA from Claremont Graduate School in Public Policy.

Mr. Gunning has published in numerous publications and is a regular speaker at conferences on insurance, government affairs, and community development finance.  He lives in Elk Grove with his wife, Kelly, and their daughters, Elon and Emma.

You can email Michael with comments or questions here.

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson serves as Political Director for the Personal Insurance Federation of California (PIFC) and advises the PIFC member companies and the Personal Insurance Federation Political Action Committee (PIFPAC) Board on strategic political decisions, while representing the PIFC member companies and thousands of PIFPAC members before hundreds of candidates running for public office in California.  In addition, Mr. Anderson manages the marketing and membership program to retain and expand the PIFPAC.

Prior to joining PIFC, Mr. Anderson was the Chief-of-Staff to Senator, now Congressman Juan Vargas, whose 2010 election to Senate he managed to a historic 22 vote victory.  Mr. Anderson previously served with the Senator when Mr. Vargas was a member of the Assembly from 2000 – 2006.  Between stints of public service, Mr. Anderson was a Partner with a San Diego-based company, Elevate, LLC, which specializes in public affairs, political consulting, media buying, and marketing.

Mr. Anderson graduation with a BA in Political Science and Spanish from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and completed graduate level coursework while serving as a Jesse M. Unruh California State Assembly Fellow.  Mr. Anderson lives with his wife, Leslie, and son, Mateo, in East Sacramento.

You can email Jim with comments or questions here.

Kara Cross

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Kara Cross serves as General Counsel for the Personal Insurance Federation of California where she represents PIFC’s member companies before the California State government and provides advice on legislative, regulatory and litigation matters.

Prior to joining PIFC, Ms. Cross served as Corporate Counsel to the California Dental Association and its subsidiary, The Dentists Insurance Company.  Before that, she served as Counsel for State Farm Insurance where she represented the company on legislative and regulatory matters at the state and federal levels.

Ms. Cross graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. In addition, she received her undergraduate degree in political science/public service from the University of California at Davis.   She lives in Sacramento with her husband, Roger, and their children.

You can email Kara with comments or questions here.

Ross Buckley

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Ross Buckley serves as Legislative Advocate for the Personal Insurance Federation of California (PIFC) and represents PIFC’s member companies before the California State Legislature and California Department of Insurance (CDI) on personal lines insurance issues including: earthquake, drones and emerging technology.

Prior to joining PIFC, Mr. Buckley held a variety of legislative positions for Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian, ending his state service as Chief of Staff. Ross has also been involved in numerous local, state and federal political campaigns.

Mr. Buckley was born in South Korea and grew up in Atascadero, California. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Political Science. Ross currently lives in downtown Sacramento.

You can email Ross with comments or questions here.