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State Fund is California's largest provider of workers' compensation insurance and a vital asset to California businesses. State Fund supports California's entrepreneurial spirit and plays a stabilizing role in the economy by providing fairly priced workers' compensation insurance making California workplaces safe, and restoring injured workers.

Jennifer Vargen, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs

Jennifer Vargen is the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for State Compensation Insurance Fund. She reports to the CEO and serves on State Fund’s executive leadership team contributing to overall enterprise strategy. In addition Jennifer:

  • Provides direction and counsel for marketing and communication strategies and programs.
  • Manages 55+ staff, agency relationships and a multimillion-dollar budget.
  • Holds responsibility for brand development, employee communications, media relations and advertising.
  • Acts as the primary spokesperson on issues including financial results, investigations, and high-profile news.

In her prior positions at State Fund, Vargen has functioned as Communications Director, Employee Services Manager, Sales Manager in the San Francisco District Office and Marketing Operations Manager; she chaired an organization-wide customer-outreach program and directed the marketing plan for the policyholder rollout of State Fund Online.

As executive sponsor, Vargen produced the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Fund’s (AASCIF) 2015 Annual Conference. The event was hailed as one of the best leadership conferences in the industry.

Vargen earned her bachelor of arts in psychology from San Francisco State University (SFSU).


The Executive Vice President, Public Affairs provides leadership and direction for State Fund’s Marketing, Communications, and Government Affairs.

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