A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1994, Ann Clayton’s entire career has been spent in the area of workers’ compensation. She is currently a senior consultant to the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, where she was Deputy Director from 1996-2000; is the project director at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research of the Robert Wood Johnson’s Targeted Change Strategies grant; is one of five instructors for the Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP) course offered by Michigan State University; and provides consulting services to state agencies and the private sector on workers’ compensation matters.
Clayton is a member of the Academy’s Workers’ Compensation Steering Committee and a co-chair of the policy education seminar, "Interaction of Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance," co-sponsored by NASI and the Social Security Administration, which will take place on June 24, 2004, in Washington, DC.
She served as the Director of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation program from 1991 to 1996 and served both as the Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and the Special Compensation Fund Director in the years 1986 to 1991.
“Ann Clayton is an exceptional administrator of workers’ compensation, committed to incorporating research results and operational experience into the design and implementation of the program,” said John Burton, Chair of NASI’s Workers’ Compensation Steering Committee.
She became a member of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) in 1986 where she has served as an executive committee member for multiple years including the position of president elect. She has been a Workers’ Compensation College faculty member (1993 – 1996) and Chair of the Electronic Data Interchange Steering Committee (1991-1995). She is now the Primary Consultant to the Performance Measurement Committee and received the first Continuing Contribution Award in 2003.
When she directed the worker’s compensation division in Florida her division received two awards: the Governmental Productivity Award, in 1993, for productivity improvements gained by the workers’ compensation division in fiscal year 1991/1992, and the GOVCOM Award for accomplishments in implementing the electronic transfer of information. She also received the Quality Council Leadership Award, presented by the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security in 1994-1995, in recognition of her commitment to quality service to the public. While at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, she received the “Star of the North” award in recognition of her outstanding management of human resources.
Ann lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with her husband, Bill, a special education teacher. She has one daughter who has just returned from serving two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa, and a son who is in his second year at the Maine Maritime Academy. Unknown to many of her long time associates, Ann is also a metalworker and was accepted into the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society’s metalworker’s guild in the year 2000.