The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has welcomed Bryan J. Soukup, Esq. to the team as Vice President, Government and Public Affairs. Soukup will lead ASID’s efforts to advocate for the interior design profession from a policy and legislative standpoint at the federal and state levels.
“This role is crucial for furthering the ASID ‘Design Impacts Lives’ mission,” stated ASID CEO Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID. “Having a person of Bryan’s caliber and level of expertise in place to influence policy and legislation that may affect interior design professionals is an ongoing priority initiative for the Association. Bryan’s history of both developing policy and lobbying make him an ideal person to lead the ASID efforts on educating elected officials and stakeholders about the interior design profession.”
Soukup most recently served as Director of Resilience Initiatives and as a registered federal and state lobbyist for the International Code Council (ICC). At these roles, he was responsible for federal and state advocacy, outreach, and policy development. He served as the International Code Council’s chief ambassador to national and international resilience and sustainability projects including the ICC co-founded Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR), an organization devoted to creating the world’s first whole-community resilience benchmarking system. Prior to joining the ICC, Mr. Soukup worked in law, politics, and government relations including a period of time at AIA as their Manager of State and Local Government Relations. He has worked on statewide political campaigns in Tennessee, has been the chief legislative advocate for a variety of national organizations and charities, and is an internationally published author on several law and policy subjects. He holds a BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law (Richmond, Virginia). Mr. Soukup is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he currently resides.