Non-resident Scholar, Media Spokesperson
Lynne McChristian joined the I.I.I. in April 2008 and has served as the organization’s Florida representative, director of disaster response and media spokesperson. In her current role, she also offers strategic direction for the I.I.I.’s initiatives related to industry talent recruitment and research projects, helps manage industry participation in key conferences, assists in the development of communication materials and is a contributor to the I.I.I.’s blog.
Additionally, McChristian is the director of the Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also a senior instructor teaching insurance and enterprise risk management classes. From August 2015 to December 2018, she was on the faculty at Florida State University in a similar role and served as executive director of FSU’s Center for Risk Management Education & Research.
McChristian’s corporate career includes more than 14 years working in the Florida office of USAA, the highly-regarded insurance and financial services company that primarily serves members of the U.S. military and their families. At USAA, she was responsible for internal and external communication, including strategic communication planning and media relations. Prior to joining USAA, she was a public relations manager for a Florida-based workers compensation insurance company, a visiting professor of mass communication at the University of South Florida and a marketing specialist for USAA Life Insurance Company in San Antonio, Texas. McChristian also has worked in real estate marketing, public relations and in television news. Additionally, she has taught at San Antonio College and St. Mary's University, both in Texas.
McChristian has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Marquette University and a master's degree in mass communication from the University of Arkansas. She earned a professional accreditation designation from the International Association of Business Communicators (ABC) and an associate's designation in management (AIM) from the Insurance Institute of America.