Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Paul A. Tufano

Paul A. Tufano

Paul A. Tufano is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Independence Blue Cross, a full-service health insurance corporation headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Independence Blue Cross is the Philadelphia regionís largest health insurer.

Prior to joining Independence Blue Cross, Mr. Tufano served as General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, from January 1995 until November 1999. Mr. Tufano and a staff of over 500 attorneys represented Governor Tom Ridge, all 22 Executive Branch agencies, as well as 10 independent agencies in litigation, transactions, and regulatory, legislative and criminal justice matters. He was a member of the Governorís Cabinet and the Governorís Senior Staff. Mr. Tufano had served as a member of the seven-person transition team following Governor Ridgeís election in November 1994.

In November 2002, then Governor-elect Ed Rendell appointed Mr. Tufano as co-chairman of his transition team.

Mr. Tufano has been active in his support for funding legal services for the poor. He worked with Governor Ridge in reestablishing state funding for such services in 1995, and has been honored for his efforts by receiving the Pennsylvania Legal Services Outstanding Leadership Award (1996) and the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia Champion of Justice Award (1997). He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which exists to raise funds for legal services for the poor.

Mr. Tufanoís other activities in the legal community include his having served as the Founding Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Associationís Government Lawyers Committee. He is a former member of the Pennsylvania Bar Associationís House of Delegates. Mr. Tufano served on the Judicial Council of Pennsylvania, a body created by the Supreme Court to assist in the administration of the Judicial Branch. He is a member of the Villanova University School of Law Board of Consultors.

Mr. Tufano serves as a trustee of Villanova University, and Rosemont School of the Holy Child. He is a board member of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Avenue of the Arts, Inc. and WHYY. He is a member of the Board and President of the Villanova University Alumni Association. He is a former trustee of Franklin & Marshall College, Moore College of Art & Design, Green Tree School, in Philadelphia, and is the past Chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corporation.

Mr. Tufano has received the Pennsylvania Bar Associationís Presidentís Award (1998) and its Pro Bono Award (1998). He appears in Whoís Who in American Law, 6th Edition. He received the Justinian Foundationís Professional Achievement Award (1998), and the St. Thomas of Villanova Medal from Villanova University (2001). He was honored by the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (2003) for his contributions to the Arts.

A graduate of Villanova University, where he earned both his bachelorís degree and law degree, Mr. Tufano and his wife, Christine, have two children, Matthew and Alison.