Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Marguerite Salazar as the state’s Commissioner of Insurance effective August 19, 2013.
Salazar held the position of Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VIII since May 1, 2010. As Regional Director she played a vital role in the Department’s effort to effectively implement the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act. She served as the primary link to facilitate communication between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and state, local, and tribal governments.
Salazar served the dual role of representing the state and tribal perspective in the federal policymaking process as well as clarifying the federal perspective to state, and tribal representatives.
She also served over 20 years as President/CEO of Valley-Wide Health Systems, a large, rural Community Health Center covering 22 counties in Colorado.
She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and undergraduate degrees in psychology, sociology and gerontology from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse counselor, CAC II.