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February 26, 2021

PRISM Director of Workers’ Compensation Jen Hamelin Takes the Helm as New CCWC Board Chair

The California Coalition on Workers' Compensation (CCWC) Board of Directors elected Jen Hamelin, the Director of Workers' Compensation for Public Risk Innovation, Solutions, and Management (PRISM), as its new Chair of the Board of Directors. Hamelin is a longtime supporter, advocate, and Board member of CCWC and a career champion for workers' compensation. Hamelin previously served a two-year term as Vice Chair and has been an active Board member since 2017. 

Jen will oversee an influential Board of Directors that is credited with spearheading some of the industry’s most significant reforms to date. Hamelin takes the reins at a pivotal time for CCWC and its more than 250 private and public sector members, as the organization works to advance policies in promotion of a balanced and equitable workers’ compensation system focused on the well-being and productivity of California workers and employers. 

"Jen’s guiding voice on the Board has been an important one. She’s widely respected in the industry and has a long track-record of success working with state lawmakers and regulators to make positive change happen,” said Jason Schmelzer, CCWC’s lead Legislative Advocate. “Given the ongoing health crisis, workers’ compensation systems have faced an unprecedented challenge. We're fortunate to have Jen at the helm as we address the legislative roadblocks for workers and employers that stand to impact economic recovery.” 

Hamelin leads the Workers’ Compensation division at PRISM, a prominent member-directed risk sharing pool of counties and public entities committed to providing risk coverage programs and risk management services. Prior to joining PRISM, Hamelin served as Assistant Vice President of Workers’ Compensation at York Risk Services Group.

“I’m no stranger to workers’ compensation and risk management,” said Hamelin. “Despite these tumultuous times, it’s an incredible opportunity for our industry to take big strides and bounce back even stronger. CCWC has a bold vision not only for building a just and impartial workers’ compensation system, but also for the organization’s strategic growth as it continues to meet the changing needs and challenges of the industry it serves. I couldn’t be more excited about the talented team and leadership in place to drive impactful legislation – for employers, for employees, and for California.”

In welcoming Hamelin to the helm, CCWC extends its deepest thanks to outgoing Chair Kurt Leisure, Vice President of Risk Services/Asset Protection of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, for his tremendous leadership and dedication to the organization. Leisure will remain on the Board of Directors and continue in his role as Conference Committee Chair, a position he has held since 2015.