Dawn Fairbanks

Dawn Fairbanks

Dawn Fairbanks started Dawn Fairbanks Insurance Services in 2006, having served as a partner in a previous agency since 1999.  In 2019 she was pleased to transition the business to Carman and Fairbanks Insurance Services, Inc. As an independent agent, she represents the interests of the client.  Dawn is a leading producer of small business health benefits and senior and individual plans, in the Bay Area and beyond.   

Dawn holds California insurance licenses in Life and Health as well as in Property and Casualty.  Her expertise ranges from Employee Benefits to working with Seniors and individuals, and in providing workers compensation to her clients.  She is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and a member of the local chapter, Golden Gate Association of Health Underwriters (GGAHU).  

Coming from the midwest out of college, Dawn followed her brother’s footsteps to California in 1972.  She is a graduate of Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio. She has lived in the Berkeley-Oakland area since 1976.  She is quite proud to say her son Thomas is her partner in business, having followed both his parents’ footsteps in the health insurance field.   

Prior to working in insurance, Dawn taught in the Berkeley and Albany Unified School Districts from 1985 to 1999.  During those years, she taught 1st and 2nd grades, held the position of site union rep, lead in curriculum development, worked with PTA and multiple site committees.  This adds up to many years of providing service to the community, in both the public and private sector.  Service is the operative word, as it sums up Dawn’s commitment to her insurance clients. 

In her free time, Dawn has enjoyed riding her horse, Pepper.  Pepper is now happily retired to pasture, but Dawn gets out now and then for a trail ride.  Dawn also loves to ski Tahoe, swim, hike the Bay Area hillsides, and she loves live music (especially jazz).  An avid reader, she’s been in a book group for about 20 years.