About the Interim Director

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Elizabeth (Beth) Kelleher Dwyer was named as the Interim Director of the Department of Business Regulation (DBR) in July 2022 under Governor Dan McKee. In addition to her current role as Superintendent of Financial Services where she oversees the regulation and enforcement of Insurance, Banking and Securities, she will also oversee The State Fire Marshal’s office (including the Bomb Squad), The State Building Office, Office of Cannabis Regulation, Gaming and Athletics and a wide variety of professional licenses.

Beth has been employed by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation for over twenty years, first as General Counsel to the Insurance Division, then as Associate and Deputy Director, responsible for Banking, Insurance and Securities. In that time, she has championed both the rights of consumers and streamlining operations to provide efficiencies to businesses that operate in Rhode Island. Ms. Dwyer is a past president of the Rhode Island Women's Bar Association. She was awarded the 2010 Rhode Island Attorney General's Justice Award for Consumer Protection. She completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education.

Beth has been a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) for six years and has served as chair and vice chair of various committees, task forces and working groups. In 2022, she was appointed as the NAIC representative to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Stability Oversight Counsel (FSOC) and is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance.

Beth has lived in Rhode Island for most of her life and is a graduate of Providence College and Pepperdine University School of Law. She holds the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) from The American College and Senior Professional in Insurance Regulation (SPIR) from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). She was admitted to practice law in California, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and various Federal Courts in California and Rhode Island.