New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange
Board of Directors Biographies

 Russell Toal, MPH

On January 1, 2020, Mr. Toal became the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance, having been chosen unanimously by the state Nominating Committee. The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance has 92 employees and an operating budget of approximately $40 million. It serves all aspects of the insurance world in New Mexico and the insured. The OSI also has some notable special operations, such as the Auto Theft Prevention program.

Mr. Toal served as a Deputy Secretary to the New Mexico Human Services Department, provided consulting services to major health insurers as the principal of RToal Consulting, and worked for the New Mexico Division of Medical Assistance.

Before relocating to New Mexico, Mr. Toal served as Director of the Georgia Southern University College of Public Health’s Center for Rural Health and Research, was a Clinical Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management at the Institute of Public Health of Georgia State University. He also served as the first President of the Georgia Cancer Coalition, as the first Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health and as the first President and CEO of Georgia1st. For 11 years, he was both a Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Medical Assistance.

He received his Master of Public Health degree in Health Administration from the University of North Carolina and his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the New Mexico Public Health Association and an alumnus of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.