Colker to Direct Institute’s Consultative Council
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The National Institute of Building Sciences welcomes Ryan M. Colker, J.D., as Director of its newly restructured Consultative Council. The Council serves as a forum where all sectors of the building community can work together to identify major issues and make recommendations to the President and Congress to improve the nation's buildings and infrastructure. Colker will be responsible for directing its day-to-day operations, from developing strategic plans to promoting its activities.
"Ryan has the skills we need to get the Consultative Council up and running so that it can effectively represent the concerns of the building industry,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. "His experience with coalitions such as the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition and the High Performance Building Energy Efficiency Roundtable makes him an ideal candidate for this important assignment.”
Colker brings a wealth of industry experience to his new role. As Manager of Government Affairs at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers, Colker organized and supported several coalitions to advance legislation and regulations impacting buildings. He organized a pilot program for building energy labeling and developed relationships with members of Congress and their staffs to further organizational priorities.
Previously, Colker served as the Program Director of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, where he was the lead staff member in charge of interdisciplinary programs for a 14-member consortium of natural resource professional and scientific organizations.
A graduate of the George Washington University Law School with a Juris Doctor, Colker is a licensed member of the Maryland Bar. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in environmental policy from the University of Florida.
The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.