Set of toilet signs. Toilet labels.American Restroom Association is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization

American Restroom Association was incorporated in the state of Maryland, USA in September 2004.

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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
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.
Board Members and Roles

Executive Director:  Tim Pyle, M.B.A., M.S., Executive Director – International Paruresis Association, Catonsville, MD
President and Co-founder:  Steven Soifer,  Ph.D.LGSW, Co-founder, Advisor, and Consultant – International Paruresis Association, Oxford, MS
Vice-President:  Kathryn Anthony, Ph.D.,  Professor – School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Secretary: Brad Polsky, Design Innovation & Research, Future Readiness, Inc.
Treasurer:  Tom Achatz, P.E., Past President & Board member – IPA, Project Manager – General Motors, Brighton, MI
International Plumbing Code Consultant:  Bruce Pitts, BSMET, Independent Restroom Design Advocate, Aiken, SC
Additional Board Members: 
Lori Apfel Cardeli
, AIA, NCARB, Architect – Anne Decker Architects, LLC, Bethesda, MD
Kyle Earlywine, representing PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human)
Cheryl Gartley, President and Founder – The Simon Foundation for Continence, Wilmette, IL
Donald D. Goertz, AIA/CSI – Architect, La Jolla, CA
Chad Kaufman, President, Public Restroom Company
Tom Keating, Ph.D., Founder & Coordinator – Project CLEAN, Decatur, GA
Harvey Molotch, Professor Emeritus, Metropolitan Studies and Sociology, New York University
Mary Munk, Independent Restroom Design Advocate – Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans, La Jolla, CA
Board Observers/Coalition Partners:
Carol McCreary, Program Manager – PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human)
Stalled! Seb Choe, Liaison to ARA
Interested in connecting your nonprofit to ARA as a Coalition Partner? Contact Tim Pyle, ARA executive director.