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Des Moines

Our Des Moines office, Jester Insurance, has been helping clients manage and avoid risk since it was established in 1897. A specialist in property and casualty insurance, Jester Insurance is committed to helping companies, families, and individuals through diligent advocacy and a steadfast dedication to do what’s right.

With expertise in various niches, we have the insight to help identify potential liabilities and provide specific guidance on coverage. We add value by helping our clients manage and avoid risk through non-insurance means like reviewing contracts and suggesting actionable steps to reduce exposures to loss, thereby keeping overall costs as low as possible.

Areas of Expertise:

Public and Private Schools:We provide the property casualty coverage for more than 90% of the public schools in Iowa. Our relationships with school districts and AEAs across the state ensures we understand that there are different needs for a rural elementary school in Hardin County and a high school in the Des Moines metro area.

Municipalities & Utilities:We have partnered with the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities since 1980 to provide Iowa cities and utilities with the Safety Group Insurance Program. This comprehensive program can include coverage for law enforcement, including workers’ compensation and Chapter 411 coverage.

Health Care: From insuring your sensitive medical equipment, to responding to electronic breaches of confidential information, to defending against medical malpractice suits, to protecting your directors, officers, employees, and volunteers, we’ve got you covered.

Telecommunications: From local, long-distance, and cellular phone operations to microwave relays, high-speed Internet, cable television, and fiber-optic cabling, our Telecommunications Insurance Program can help you gain peace of mind for the most essential parts of your business.

Churches: As beloved centers of the community, churches represent a value that deserves competent and diligent coverage. Our church program is endorsed by the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Each coverage is tailored to cover the things that matter the most to churches.

Nonprofits: From museums and social services agencies to performing arts organizations and chambers of commerce, nonprofits enrich our lives. They also encounter unique challenges, which is why our nonprofit coverage is tailored to meet the specific needs of these cultural and community institutions.

Partnering with a trusted agency like Jester Insurance means benefiting from more than a century of experience and gaining an ally, bringing our clients the latest innovations in insurance.

Jester Insurance became part of AssuredPartners in October of 2021.

Janelle Friedman

, CPCU
Agency President


With over 35 years of experience working for insurance carriers, brokers, and managing general underwriters, Janelle brings a unique combination of knowledge and experience to AssuredPartners and to her clients.

Janelle manages the Safety Group Program for Iowa’s public schools and works directly with a select group of clients. She serves as a speaker on various insurance issues for the Iowa Association of School Boards, the Iowa Association of School Business Officials, and the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.
Janelle earned a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Iowa. She is a member of United Way’s Women United program and has volunteered at the Young Women’s Resource Center, helping to ensure that the younger members of our community are on a path to success.