Marguerite Salazar was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper as Colorado Insurance Commissioner effective August 19, 2013. Her role is key in assisting consumers and other stakeholders with insurance needs, including homeowners affected by Colorado wildfires and subsequent flooding. As the chief executive of the Division of Insurance, Salazar will work with the insurance industry to bring an inclusive, open, firm and fair-minded regulatory approach to all lines of insurance under her supervision.
Previously, President Barack Obama appointed Salazar as regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Region VIII. As regional director, she played a vital role in the department's effort to effectively implement the federal Affordable Care Act.
Prior to this appointment Salazar served more than 20 years as president/CEO of Valley-Wide Health Systems, a large, rural community health center covering 22 counties in southern Colorado and serving more than 40,000 patients through 26 primary health care clinics.
Salazar is a fellow in the National Hispana Leadership Institute, as well as a Livingston fellow in the Bonfil Stanton Foundation. She was a trustee for the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors for Colorado State University. She served as chair for the Colorado Humanities and also served on the board of trustees for the Nature Conservancy and the National Center for Farmworker Health.
Salazar holds a master's degree in counseling psychology