Issue Experts

  • Vaun  Cleveland

    Vaun Cleveland

    Federal Affairs Director

  • Erin  Collins

    Erin Collins

    Senior Vice President - State & Policy Affairs

  • Tony  Cotto

    Tony Cotto

    Director of Auto and Underwriting Policy

  • Kristin  Eichhorn

    Kristin Eichhorn

    Assistant Vice President of Operations - Government Affairs

  • Jimi  Grande

    Jimi Grande

    Senior Vice President - Federal & Political Affairs

  • Brian  Holcombe

    Brian Holcombe

    State and Policy Affairs Manager

  • Andrew  Huff

    Andrew Huff

    Assistant Vice President – Federal & Political Affairs

  • Mark  Johnston

    Mark Johnston

    Regional Vice President - Midwest

  • Tom  Karol

    Tom Karol

    General Counsel - Federal

  • Andrew  Kirkner

    Andrew Kirkner

    Assistant Vice President - State Affairs

  • Caitlin  Murray

    Caitlin Murray

    Regional Vice President - Southeast

  • Cate  Paolino

    Cate Paolino

    Director of Public Policy

  • Andrew  Pauley

    Andrew Pauley

    Government Affairs Counsel

  • Channing  Pejic

    Channing Pejic

    Political Affairs Manager

  • Andrew  Perkins

    Andrew Perkins

    Regional Vice President - Great Lakes

  • Christian  Rataj

    Christian Rataj

    Senior Regional Vice President – Western Region

  • Jonathan  Rodgers

    Jonathan Rodgers

    Director of Financial and Tax Policy

  • Jon  Schnautz

    Jon Schnautz

    Regional Vice President - Southwest

  • 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, state, international, public policy, and 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.