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February 16, 2016

The Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards Welcomes Chief Advocacy Officer


Northbrook, IL - In furtherance of the directives of its Board of Directors, the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Nutt, AIA, NCARB, CAE as its new Chief Advocacy Officer.  Mr. Nutt, Senior Architect/Advisor to the CEO at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), will be joining FARB immediately on a part-time basis to support the new advocacy initiatives outlined by the Board.  In this position, Mr. Nutt will provide strategic and managerial leadership of FARB’s advocacy efforts including developing a message of positive public protection that can be communicated to regulatory stakeholders and the consuming public to promote the important aspects of common sense regulation of licensed professions.  According to FARB President Mary de Sousa, "Stephen's efforts will increase FARB's capacity to proactively advance the public protection missions of our members."


Mr. Nutt, brings a diverse background and many years of experience in the arena of regulation of the professions.  He joined NCARB in April 1997 as manager of the newly launched computerized Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). During his time with the Council, he has been a driving force in the continued improvement and development of the Council's programs related to education, internship, examination, and continuing education. As senior architect, he serves as advisor to the CEO, the Council's committees, and leads special projects. He is also involved in the negotiation of NCARB’s mutual recognition arrangements with foreign countries in an effort to promote international reciprocity. 


”Stephen will be integral to coordinating the efforts of our member organizations and promoting FARB as an information resource for political, legal and regulatory constituents” adds FARB Executive Director, Dale Atkinson.  “We are excited to have his expertise working to advance FARB’s mission.”  Mr. Nutt can be reached at or (202) 879-0544. 


About FARB

FARB is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1974 to promote public protection and provide a forum for information exchange for associations of regulatory boards and their stakeholders with interests in professional regulation. The mission of FARB is to advance excellence in regulation of the professions in the interest of public protection.