Margaret N. Redd, National African American Insurance Association

Margaret N. Redd, National African American Insurance Association

Executive director

During her 43 years in the industry, Margaret Redd has witnessed the struggle to drive meaningful change on diversity, equity and inclusion in insurance, but “we are currently experiencing an enhanced focus on systemic injustice like no other in recent history,” she says. “My hope is we take actions now that drive the change that is so desperately needed for our future.”

An accomplished executive and thought leader with a dedicated focus on excellence, Redd specializes in helping organizations achieve and/or exceed profit and growth objectives by optimizing distribution platforms, organizational resources and best practices. She has a diversified background in all lines of property & casualty insurance across multiple distribution channels.

Redd entered the insurance industry in 1977 as an underwriter trainee with The St. Paul Companies. She later joined CNA, where she held various leadership positions, including national AVP of distribution, founding member and distribution VP for CNA UniSource, and vice president of the Chicago branch. She later served as RVP at MetLife and VP and COO at Lambent Risk Management. She has also served on numerous boards, including the Quad County Urban League and NAAIA’s national board, and she is the founder and past president of NAAIA Chicago.

“My career has hit many of the right notes for me – professional growth and development, financial security, a challenging career track, and the ability to be creative, to have impact and to take risks,” Redd says. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some truly amazing individuals.”