About Berkley Public Entity

Since our inception in 2012, Berkley Public Entity has provided dedicated public entity insurance and claims handling expertise. We underwrite on behalf of Berkley member insurance companies rated A+ (Superior) Financial Size Category XV by A.M. Best and A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor’s.

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Our Culture

We believe we are best able to serve our partners and insureds by fostering an environment that is collaborative, customer-focused and entrepreneurial.

Life at Berkley Public Entity

At Berkley Public Entity, our goal is to be the preeminent provider of public entity insurance and reinsurance solutions for public and school entities. Our culture combines innovation, expertise and professional development to make our goal a reality.


At BPE, we foster a culture of innovation that encourages employees to share ideas that challenge the status quo. This mindset ensures that our business evolves—constantly enhancing our offerings and our operational efficiencies to build a sustainable future.


Being solely dedicated to providing liability coverage for public entities, we are experts in public and scholastic entities as this is our only industry class of focus. We are adept at providing coverage through language specifically designed for our clients’ unique exposures.

Professional Development

We foster an environment that enables employees to enhance their careers through professional designations, continuing education, and training platforms.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team brings a unique blend of backgrounds, with some historically focused on the public entity sector and others with broader insurance industry experience with carriers. These varied perspectives have been molded into a cohesive vision for BPE which ultimately benefits our clients.

John Forte, President

John Forte


Alex Kapraun, Chief Actuary

Alex Kapraun

Chief Actuary

Kim Ladzinksi, VP Claims

Kim Ladzinksi

VP Claims

Joe Smith, CFO

Joe Smith


Sondra Ashmore, VP of Information Technology

Sondra Ashmore

VP of Information Technology


Are you a public and scholastic entity liability expert or wish to become one? Join Berkley Public Entity today to start or advance your career!

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