ASID knows that our members and chapters are the most effective advocates for the interior design profession, from defending and advancing the industry, to promoting policy initiatives important to all designers. The Society believes that we should all advocate for design through diligent planning, thoughtful deliberation, long-term strategic vision, and active participation.
The ASID Government and Public Affairs (GPA) team works tirelessly to inform decision makers and citizens on the impact of design on the human experience and the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Explore the tools and information you’ll need to successfully advocate and discover the policy issues that GPA is fighting for and against in a wide range of topics important to interior designers and the industry as a whole.
Vice President, Government and Public Affairs
As Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for ASID, Bryan J. Soukup, Esq., leads the Society’s strategic efforts to advocate for the interior design profession from a legislative, regulatory, and policy perspective before the federal and state governments. He is the Society’s sole registered federal lobbyist and chief advocate at the state and local levels. Prior to joining ASID in summer 2018,
Soukup served as the director of Resilience Initiatives and as a registered federal and state lobbyist for the International Code Council (ICC), the nation’s foremost model construction codes and standards developer. In these roles, he was responsible for government advocacy, outreach, and policy concerning resilience and disaster mitigation. He served as the International Code Council’s chief ambassador to national and international resilience and sustainability projects, including two years as the founding-executive director of ICC’s resilience-based subsidiary, the Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR).
Previously, Bryan worked in law, politics, and 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 B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law (Richmond), where he graduated cum laude.
Bryan is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he currently resides.