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CLEAR’s candidates for president-elect

In its upcoming elections, the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) has two candidates for president-elect who will serve one year in that role and then as President the following.

The Registrar magazine reached out to both candidates, Marc Spector and Micah Matthews, and offered them the opportunity to share their experience and vision with readers and voting Members:

Driving regulatory innovation into CLEAR’s future:

Marc Spector

Marc Spector

What makes an organization successful? In 15 years working with regulators, I’ve asked myself this question countless times and I keep coming back to one idea: relevance.

I believe that to be a successful organization, you have to be a relevant organization. Relevant to one’s cause, mandate, and stakeholders.

We know the role we play as regulators helps ensure a balance between consumer protection and maintaining standards within regulated professions. But, for me, relevance means more than that. It means that the public we protect should see itself represented in the regulatory frameworks we’ve built. We should also be working with, and among, peers who understand that the world has evolved – as have consumer expectations.

This is a view I’ve held across my career: as a lawyer; as Director of Professional Regulation at the College of Early Childhood Educators; and in my current role as inaugural Deputy Registrar at the Home Construction Regulatory Authority.

In each role, I helped create and execute strategies that catapulted organizations to success – because their success was tied directly to their relevance.

And it’s not just organizational relevance as seen by regulators. I think the real key to propelling regulatory operations forward is in evolving best practices to directly serve everyone – including those who have not typically seen regulators address their needs. By making regulation more relevant to people who have been on the “outside”, we can get greater buy-in and a broader audience for the great work we all do.

That’s why I have been active on CLEAR’s International Congress and Strategic Planning Working Groups and was among the first to be appointed to CLEAR’s Working Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. It’s also why I am speaking in September at CLEAR’s annual education conference – to talk about how we can support our Boards in regulatory relevance. And it’s why I’m running to be president. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that we are – and remain – relevant for consumers from all walks of life.

Thank you for taking time to read what I have to say. I hope you’ll consider voting for me as the next president of CLEAR.

View Marc Spector’s LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-spector-32ba14192/

Micah Matthews

Micah Matthews

I have served in various capacities with CLEAR since 2014. I have chaired the Regulatory Agency Administration Committee and the Administration, Legislation, and Policy subcommittee (now the Regulatory, Administration, and Governance subcommittee). Additionally, I was the program chair for the Annual Educational Conferences in Philadelphia (2018) and Seattle/virtual experience (2020).

My three goals during my term as president will be to continue support diversifying CLEAR’s offerings in a hybrid world, expand our international reach and participation, and solidify our diversity, equity, and inclusion principles within the Board and the organization at large.

In my time on the Board, I have had the good fortune to work with and observe some incredible individuals displaying high-quality leadership. My key learning from them is the president needs to be the steady hand that can guide consistent decision making and bring out creativity and ideas from a diverse board. Both in my personal and professional life I have shown the ability to be the steady and competent hand. I am asking for your support to bring those skills and my experience to the position of CLEAR Board President.

I also participate in numerous committees with Federation of State Medical Boards including the Board Executive Advisory Committee and the Digital Credentialing and Technology Innovations Committee. The latter committee was a direct result of a resolution I envisioned, put forward through my organization, and it was adopted by the House of Delegates.

In my day job I am the Deputy Executive and Legislative Director for the Washington Medical Commission (WMC), the independent regulatory authority for physicians and physician assistants in Washington state. I have worked for the WMC since 2011 and held this position since 2014. I am responsible generally for the staff and operations and set the legislative agenda with input from the Commissioners. During my time with the WMC I have contributed to numerous policies and guidelines that range from Telemedicine and Continuity of Care to Practitioner Health. My leadership philosophy can be summarized in three words: Respect, Excellence, and Fun.

Thank you for reading and for your consideration of my candidacy.

View Micah Matthews’s LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/micahmatthews/