Insurance Commissioner to Speak at UCR Feb. 19

Former president of Fix UC to discuss application of tech industry problem-solving to public policy issues Feb. 25

Dave Jones and Chris LoCascio

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Fix UC former president Chris LoCascio will speak at UCR later this month.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The UC Riverside School of Public Policy Seminar Series continues in February with lectures by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Christopher LoCascio, former president of Fix UC.

Jones will discuss “Policy Challenges of Health Insurance Expansion in California” on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 12:30 p.m. in CHASS Interdisciplinary 1128. LoCascio will discuss “Innovation in Public Policy and Its Birth on Campus” on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 12:30 p.m. in Humanities 1500.

Both events are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested as seating is limited. Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus. RSVP for the Jones lecture at RSVP for the LoCascio lecture at

Jones was elected to lead California’s largest consumer protection agency in November 2010. The California Department of Insurance regulates the $123 billion insurance agency. The Daily Journal, California’s largest legal newspaper, named Jones one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers in 2011, and in 2012 he received the Greenling Institute’s 2012 Big Heart Award for his efforts to promote diversity in the insurance industry and the Distinguished Advocate Award from Autism Speaks. He also has been honored by the California Consumer Federation, Western Center on Law and Poverty, Planned Parenthood, Environment California, the Urban League, Preschool California and CalPIRG. Capitol Weekly named him the state’s most effective legislator.

He served in the California State Assembly from 2004 through 2010, chairing the Assembly Health Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, and began his career as a legal aid attorney in Northern California. He graduated with honors from DePauw University, Harvard Law School, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Christopher LoCascio will discuss how employing the style of problem-solving that occurs in the Silicon Valley tech industry can not only empower our ability to develop public policy, but enhance the quality of our solutions to the great policy problems of today.

LoCascio is the founder and president of Foundation for Innovation and Creative Solutions (FICS), a national public policy organization focused on solving college’s greatest challenges by rethinking the fundamentals of our higher education systems. Prior to founding FICS, LoCascio started Fix UC in 2011, a University of California systemwide student group charged with addressing the university’s funding crisis. In January 2012 the group released the revolutionary Fix UC Student Investment Model, a drastic overhaul of college funding that has since inspired state and federal legislation. The model simultaneously eliminated the need for up-front tuition and student debt, instead incorporating the contribution of a small percentage of the student’s income after graduation for a set period of time. The release of the model was met with widespread national media attention and interest from university administrators and lawmakers alike.

LoCascio graduated from UC Riverside in 2014 with a B.A. in political science and English. During his undergraduate career, he served as editor-in-chief of the Highlander Newspaper, KUCR radio host, and CHASS Connect peer educator. He has also interned for the Center for National Policy, the Truman National Security Project, and the Office of the Mayor of Riverside.


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