Commissioner Announces Appointment of Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty today announced that Rebecca Matthews has been appointed Chief of Staff for the Office of Insurance Regulation. Ms. Matthews has been serving in the Interim Chief of Staff capacity since October 25, 2013. Monte Stevens has also been named as Deputy Chief of Staff with a primary focus on government affairs.
Ms. Matthews joined the Office in 2008. During her tenure with the Office, Ms. Matthews’s primary areas of oversight included government affairs initiatives, covering both legislative and cabinet affairs; market research and technology; and serving in an advisory role to the Chief of Staff for agency administration and operations.
Prior to joining the Office, Ms. Matthews served as Legislative Affairs Director for both the Florida Department of Management Services and the Florida Lottery. She also served in lead communications positions, including as Vice President of Communications at the Florida Bankers Association. Ms. Matthews received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Florida State University with a minor in Political Science.
Mr. Stevens previously led government affairs efforts for the Office during 2007 - 2012. Most recently, Mr. Stevens served as the Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the Florida Medical Association. Additionally, he served as a Senior Legislative Analyst in the Florida House of Representatives Majority Office and as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the Florida Department of Financial Services and Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
Mr. Stevens has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Kansas State University.