Clarence Williams is a lobbyist in the firm’s Government Law & Lobbying Practice Group in Washington, D.C. A former Chief of Staff for Congressman Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL), he served as the Congressman’s chief policy advisor and strategist on all issues before the U.S. House of Representatives. He directly managed the Congressman’s portfolio of issues relating to the Committees on Ways and Means, Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Budget. Clarence currently represents at the federal level the following: ACR Electronics, Univision Communications, Telephone Systems International, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, ReTXT, AMG Healthcare Services, Florida Memorial University, Bethune-Cookman University, Florida International University, and the Florida municipalities of Miami Gardens, Palatka, West Park and Opa-Locka, among others.
On Capitol Hill, Clarence specialized in issues involving health care, armed services, taxation, alternative energy, local government issues, and domestic and international trade. He is uniquely qualified in issues relating to health care reform, having logged well over 100 hours in briefings, consultation, and collaboration on legislative language with Ways and Means and House leadership staff on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Additionally, he was actively involved in the passage of several pieces of tax policy, including a delay of a 3% tax withholding requirement for most procurement by local governments. Clarence holds a “Top Secret” security clearance and has extensive experience working with the Department of Defense on issues ranging from policy and procurement to logistical planning in the aftermath of various natural disasters including Haiti.
As primary liaison for Mr. Meek to appropriations staff, Clarence shepherded nearly $53 million directly to South Florida local governments, nearly $20 million to educational entities, and over $13 million to South Florida hospitals and community centers. As well, he negotiated with Heath and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to advance payments totaling $12 million to Jackson Health Systems to help avoid shut down of this important institution.
Clarence jointly oversaw activities associated with Congressman Meek’s chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, specifically handling issues relative to legislative policy. In that capacity, he often coordinated events with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 100 Black Men, the Urban League, the National Medical Association, and numerous other African American-serving organizations and associations.