Issue Experts


  • Anna  Buhlinger

    Anna Buhlinger

    Federal Affairs Director

  • Erin  Collins

    Erin Collins

    Senior Vice President - State and Policy Affairs

  • Tony  Cotto

    Tony Cotto

    Director of Auto and Underwriting Policy

  • Bri  Dahl

    Bri Dahl

    Public Policy Analyst

  • Katherine  Duveneck

    Katherine Duveneck

    Federal Affairs Director

  • Kristin  Eichhorn

    Kristin Eichhorn

    Assistant Vice President – Political Involvement Programs

  • Alex  Gleason

    Alex Gleason

    Assistant Vice President - Federal Affairs

  • Jimi  Grande

    Jimi Grande

    Senior Vice President - Federal & Political Affairs

  • Tom  Karol

    Tom Karol

    General Counsel - Federal

  • Lindsey  Klarkowski

    Lindsey Klarkowski

    Director of Data Science & AI/ML Policy

  • Ross  Lien

    Ross Lien

    Regional Vice President, Midwest

  • Patrick  McCarty

    Patrick McCarty

    Federal Affairs Manager

  • Caitlin  Murray

    Caitlin Murray

    Regional Vice President - Southeast

  • Matt  Overturf

    Matt Overturf

    Regional Vice President, Ohio Valley & Mid Atlantic

  • Cate  Paolino

    Cate Paolino

    Director of Public Policy

  • Andrew  Pauley

    Andrew Pauley

    Government Affairs Counsel

  • Christian  Rataj

    Christian Rataj

    Senior Regional Vice President – Western Region

  • Colleen  Scheele

    Colleen Scheele

    Public Policy Counsel, Solvency & Tax Policy

  • Jon  Schnautz

    Jon Schnautz

    Vice President - State Affairs

  • Ward  Tisdale

    Ward Tisdale

    Regional Vice President - Southwest

  • Brandon  Vick

    Brandon Vick

    Regional Vice President – Northwest Region

  • Rory  Whelan

    Rory Whelan

    Regional Vice President – Northeast

Jimi Grande

Jimi Grande
Senior Vice President - Federal & Political Affairs

Jimi Grande

Jimi Grande joined NAMIC in March 2007 and currently leads NAMIC’s federal & political activities as senior vice president of federal & political affairs.

At NAMIC, Grande has been a tireless advocate for the industry, navigating the association through difficult political environments from the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing Dodd-Frank Act to the COVID-19 pandemic that put the mutual property/casualty insurance industry in the crosshairs of trial attorneys, lawmakers, and regulators. At the same time, Grande has led NAMIC’s bipartisan efforts to enact federal policies that will help communities across America better protect themselves from natural disasters. Under Grande’s leadership, NAMIC founded the BuildStrong Coalition and has achieved historic support for natural disaster mitigation and recovery programs. He also led industry efforts to keep safety the top priority for federal policies governing automated vehicles and other emerging technologies. Grande has dramatically grown the association’s political involvement programs for its membership and shaped NAMIC into a political force.

Grande has spent more than 26 years working for and with top policymakers in Washington and has been named a top lobbyist by The Hill five years in a row. He began his career as special assistant to former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and came to NAMIC after serving as a political appointee in the Bush administration at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he was a top liaison to Capitol Hill.

Grande entered politics after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of Oswego in upstate New York. He currently resides in Fairfax, Va. with his wife, Buffy, daughter Georgia, and son Jimmy Jr. He is an active member in his church and local community and is devoted to raising awareness and money to fund research to find a cure for Fragile X Syndrome, the most common cause of inherited mental impairment, which has impacted Jimmy Jr.