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American Restroom Association

The American Restroom Association (ARA): is a nonprofit founded in 2004. ARA advocates for the availability of clean, safe, and well-designed public restrooms. Accomplishments include successfully advocating for enforcement of and revisions to the International Plumbing Code, congressional testimony on gender equity in public restrooms in US Federal Buildings, and representing the USA in educating international audiences at Summits and Conferences of the World Toilet Organization (WTO). ARA brings together a multidisciplinary and independent team from architecture, engineering, education, academia, and social work. In addition, we work hand-in-hand with restroom advocacy organizations across the USA.  The ARA is a Maryland non-stock corporation recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. EIN #20-3581202.

Join Our Team (posted 5-13-2024):

The American Restroom Association (ARA) seeks a passionate and dedicated individual to fill the role of part-time Program Manager (10-15 hours per week). As part of our mission to advocate for clean, safe, and accessible restroom facilities nationwide, the successful candidate will be responsible for researching and developing best practices in restroom design, maintenance, and accessibility. Collaborating with stakeholders, including government agencies, businesses, and advocacy groups, the Program Manager will work with the ARA board to implement its strategic plan and raise funds.  Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to inclusivity are essential for success in this role. Please get in touch with Steven Soifer at steve@americanrestroom.org for more information or to apply.

Mission Statement

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

Our scope of our mission includes:

  • Restroom design and technology
  • Restroom availability and accessibility
  • Pertinent legislation and regulations
  • 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

Board Members and Roles

Tom Achatz
, PE
Past President & Board Member – IPA, CEO – RPI Engineering Solutions
Brighton, MI

Laura Ann Jenkins,
CEO, Granny’s Toilet Detailing, LLC
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Kim Kensler-Prager
Toastmaster and Public Restroom Advocate
Toledo, OH

Steven Soifer,  PhD, MSW
Co-founder, Advisor, and Consultant – International Paruresis Association
Hyde Park, NY

Bruce Pitts, BSMET
Independent Restroom Design Advocate
Aiken, SC


Merilee Karr, MD, MFA
Board Member, PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human)
Port Townsend, WA

Amith Saligrama
High School Student and Award-Winning Public Restroom Advocate
Weston, MA

Jody Lin
St. Louis, MO


Kathryn Anthony, PhD
Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Megan Welsh Carroll, PhD, MSW
School of Public Affairs, San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

Cheryl Gartley
President and Founder – The Simon Foundation for Continence
Wilmette, IL

Chad Kaufman
President, Public Restroom Company
Minden, NV

May Munk
Independent Restroom Design Advocate
Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans
La Jolla, CA

ARA Founding Press Release

November 8, 2004: American Restroom Association (ARA) Launched, will present at the World Toilet Summit  in Beijing.  Click here for full article.



Contact Us

American Restroom Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 21237
Catonsville, MD 21228

Phone:  800-247-3864
Email: getinfo@americanrestroom.org

An independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2004

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