Advocacy: Benefiting Your Profession and You

Explore the tools and information you need to successfully advocate for your profession, which will help you advocate for yourself.

What happens in state capitals or Washington, D.C. can have significant impact on your business, covering everything from practice rights, taxes on services, copyright laws, and green building standards. These issues may not affect you today, but they could impact your business tomorrow. 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. Hear from ASID staff leadership and Advocate by Design (AxD) volunteers to learn about advocacy and the key issues of today. 

On-demand recording presented as part of the 2021 ASID Virtual Conference.

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Bryan Soukup, Esq.

Vice President, Government & Public Affairs

American Society of Interior Designers

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, Bryan served as Director of Resilience Initiatives and as a registered federal and state lobbyist for the International Code Council (ICC).  He is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Tracey Fillmore, NCIDQ, ASID, CAPS, Green AP, RID

Senior Facilities Designer, Lee Health

Chair, ASID Advocate by Design Council and Policy, Codes & Standards Committee

As Chair of the ASID National Advocate by Design Council, and the Policy, Codes & Standards Committee, Tracey Fillmore, NCIDQ, ASID, CAPS, Green AP, RID (FL) leads a team of highly skilled interior design practitioners to advocate for the interior design profession on many fronts. The Council is tasked with representing the profession in policy, codes, and standards development forums (ICC, NFPA, BIFMA, USGBC, and many others); submission of proposals and recommendations to federal, state, and local governments and agencies; evaluation and revision of the ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct; member and industry outreach and engagement; and review and expert input regarding design education. In this role, Tracey is also ASID’s member representative to a variety of national and international code, standards, education, and professional ethics entities.  

Prior to becoming an ASID Professional Interior Designer, Tracey was a fire safety inspector in her home state of Florida. That experience provided Tracey with great opportunities to utilize her codes knowledge and skills to design in many different types of buildings and occupancy types. She currently serves as a Senior Facilities Designer for a large healthcare organization in Florida. 

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