Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
Debra Ballen is the general counsel and senior vice president of public policy for the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). In this capacity, she is responsible for all of the IBHS legal matters and oversees a number of important public policy initiatives; including building codes, adaptation, community resilience, and economic incentives for mitigation. In addition, she serves as the organization’s corporate secretary and manages member relations. Before her work with IBHS, Ballen was the executive vice president of public policy management for the American Insurance Association (AIA). She developed and implemented policy for the AIA priority federal and state public policy issues. She is a frequent speaker about the broad benefits of mitigation and has testified before Congress and state legislatures on these matters. Ballen graduated with a Juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She also has received the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.