The American Restroom Association is a (501c3) tax exempt nonprofit organization.   American Restroom Association was incorporated in the state of Maryland, USA in September 2004.  



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The American Restroom Association advocates for the availability of clean, safe, well designed public restrooms(1).  

Our scope of our mission includes:

  • Restroom design and technology,
  • Restroom availability and accessibility,
  • Pertinent legislation and regulations, and
  • Documenting the problems faced by people who hesitate to travel or who avoid activities that put them out of range of proper toilet facilities.

Our goals are to 

  • Generate public relations campaigns that result in positive coverage by the press
  • Address regulatory and legislative weakness
  • Act as a health impact clearing house
  • Survey and develop 'Municipal Friendliness Ratings'
  • Communicate with other similar associations around the world
  • Develop suggestions, brochures and suggested designs
  • Serve as clearing house for companies and individuals promoting these products and designs
  • Develop lines of communication with mall and building managers, architects, builders and other groups




November 8, 2004: American Restroom Association (ARA) Launched, will present at the World Toilet Summit  in Beijing
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  • Steven Soifer,  Ph.D.LGSW, Cofounder, BOD & President ARA, Exec Dir International Paruresis Assoc Baltimore, MD
  • Robert Brubaker, Cofounder, BOD & Program Mngr ARA, Founder Public Restroom Initiative, Alexandria VA
  • David King, BOD ARA, Pharm Exec and Director International Paruresis Assoc  San Diego CA
  • Mary Coakley, BOD VP & Project Mngr, ARA - Project Mngr La Jolla Park Pilot Restroom Concept
  • Kathryn H. Anthony, BOD ARA, Professor, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Cheryle Gartley, BOD ARA, President, Simon Foundation for Continence Chicago IL
  • Roger Conradt, BOD ARA & Treasurer , CPA
  • Tom Achatz: BOD ARA,  President International Paruresis Association
  • Jack Sim  ARA-WTO Liaison, President World Toilet Organization,  Singapore
  • Carol McCleary - Project Manager ARA, Founder PHLUSH Portland OR
  • Paul Rimel - ARA-ICC Liaison,  Member VPMIA 
  • Jasmine Schmidt, Past Team ARA, Past Dir of Education,  Simon Foundation for Continence Chicago IL
  • Lori Adrienne Apfel, Team ARA,  Assoc. AIA  New York NY
  • Tom Keating, Coordinator, Project CLEAN Atlanta GA

* BOD - Board of Directors






American Restroom Association                                      
PO Box 65111                                                                        
Baltimore, MD 21209
202-747-6031 - Policy and Media queries 410-358-9007(FAX)

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