Sheri Fanaroff named Associate Deputy Commissioner for the Maryland Insurance Administration

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Kathleen A. Birrane has named Sheri V.G. Fanaroff as Associate Deputy Commissioner for the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA). With this appointment, the MIA’s Executive Team, consisting of Birrane, Deputy Commissioner Greg Derwart, Fanaroff and Chief of Staff Kory Boone, is complete.


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Fanaroff has extensive experience in interpreting insurance contracts, laws and regulations, as well as more than 20 years of experience as a General Counsel, collaborating with and providing strategic legal guidance to senior management and boards of directors.

“Sheri brings a perfect combination of substantive knowledge and executive experience,” said Commissioner Birrane. “She will be a great addition to our senior management team.”

As Associate Deputy Commissioner, Fanaroff will coordinate policy implementation across the agency to assure consistency. This will include oversight of the Office of Hearings. “Sheri will be leading the effort to implement technology to streamline and modernize all aspects of the MIA’s hearing processes, including creating electronic filing options and hybrid hearing capabilities,” Commissioner Birrane noted.

Fanaroff comes to the MIA from the Columbia Association, where she has been General Counsel and Principal Ethics Officer since 2001. The association is a nonprofit community services corporation that serves Columbia, Maryland, home to approximately 100,000 people.

Prior to joining the Columbia Association, Fanaroff was Vice President and General Counsel of a Pennsylvania domiciled life insurer, where she oversaw all legal activities, including insurance coverage, employment disputes, advertising and litigation. Earlier in her career, she served as in-house counsel for several entities in the insurance industry handling litigation for global insurance brokers and third-party administrators and as a litigator focusing on insurance coverage disputes in private practice.
“I am excited to join the Maryland Insurance Administration,” Fanaroff said. “I am looking forward to a new phase in my career that will offer new challenges while putting to use my existing skills and experience.”
Fanaroff is a graduate of Brown University and the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was Editor of the Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation.
This press release was provided by the Maryland Insurance Administration.