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ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Approximately 51,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

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Government Affairs

Washington Office Staff

Douglas E. Read 

Douglas E. Read is ASHRAE’s Director for Government Affairs.

Prior to joining ASHRAE, Read served as the lead liaison to government agencies in the area of conformity assessment and compliance for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). He previously worked at The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) heading up its Washington, DC government affairs office representing SAE’s 100,000 members on Capitol Hill, and with relevant government agencies on legislative and regulatory issues. While at SAE, he also served as a key U.S. Auto Industry. Delegate to the United Nations Transport Division in Geneva assisting in the development of global regulations affecting the industry. Read also served as Manager of Product and Personnel Certification, Standards, and Quality Management Programs at The American Petroleum Institute (API).

During the last 20 years, Read also has served on several policy committees of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), including the International Policy Committee, Organizational Member Forum, the Conformity Assessment Policy Committee, and the ANSI Accreditation Committee. In addition, he is a current member of the World Standards Day Planning Committee, and an active member of the National Press Club, and the ANSI Caucus. Prior to coming to Washington, he worked as a design engineer for Black and Decker where he also managed their corporate standards programs. He also taught computer aided design at the New England Institute of Technology for several years. Read holds a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Organizational Development. At ASHRAE, Read leads a new and exciting initiative for the Washington office in serving the public policy interests of the Society and to become more focused, results driven, and proactive. These efforts include highlighting ASHRAE’s work for government agencies, Congress, and other organizations interested in the built environment.

While at ASHRAE, Read has served as the Chairman of the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (see http://www.hpbccc.org/), the Secretariat to The High Performance Building Council, Chairman of the High Performance Building and Energy Efficiency Roundtable, Chairman of the Sustainable Building Industry Council, Chairman of the Consultative Council of The National Institute of Building Sciences, and key liaison to the Energy Policy Alliance, the World Standards Day Planning Committee, and the Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium.


Mark R. Ames

Mark R. Ames is ASHRAE's Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs.

Prior to joining ASHRAE, Ames served as the Manager of Government Relations for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), where he represented NASSP members on Capitol Hill, the White House, and relevant federal agencies, and oversaw all federal relations concerning green school buildings, budget, appropriations, school leadership, and a number of other issues. Ames also built and oversaw NASSP's Federal Grassroots Network, and State Lobbyist Network, which have helped enhance member knowledge of the inner workings of legislative developments on Capitol Hill, and increase the effectiveness of the organization's advocacy efforts.

While at NASSP, Ames also served as the lead on a number of coalitions, including Rebuild America's Schools, and the Executive Board of the Committee for Education Funding, the nation's largest coalition of education organizations, where he assisted with the search and selection of the organization's new Executive Director, and also helped to guide the organization's advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.

Prior to NASSP, Ames worked as a Policy Associate for the Native American Contractor’s Association, conducting policy research and representing Native Americans, Hawaiians, and Alaskans on Capitol Hill and relevant federal agencies. Ames has also worked on several campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels.

Ames holds a Masters and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from The American University, and is a graduate of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute from American.


Jim Scarborough

Jim Scarborough is ASHRAE’s Manager of Grassroots Government Affairs. 

Born and raised in Maryland, Jim moved to North Carolina for college and graduate school.  Immediately after graduate school, Jim went to work on NC Governor Jim Hunt’s staff for 4 years.  Jim spent 16 years with Randolph E. Cloud & Associates in Raleigh, a government relations and association management firm and has almost three decades of non-profit management experience. 

Jim served for four years as President and Chief Elected Officer of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, a multi-national non-profit certification organization in the field of substance use disorders (which was based out of DC).   He has created and managed budgets and represented his affiliated organizations to legislative and executive branch agencies as well as to other boards and the public at large.

Originally upon arriving at ASHRAE, Jim was Manager of Certification in the Atlanta, Georgia office.  He moved to his current position in ASHRAE in December 2013. 


Patricia E. Ryan

Patricia E. Ryan is the Assistant to the Director, and the ASHRAE Washington Office Manager.

She began working for ASHRAE’s Government Affairs department when the office first opened its doors in February 1981--the same year ASHRAE headquarters moved from New York to Atlanta. Prior to joining ASHRAE, Ryan worked as White House staff under the direction of Joan Mondale’s Federal Council of the Arts and Humanities, and previously worked in the Government Affairs Department at the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  She holds a B.S. degree from Central Connecticut State College in Art Education. Her duties include: reviewing and monitoring public policy issues utilizing resources such as the Federal Register and CQ Daily; supporting the ASHRAE Advocacy Committee and the Building, Safety and Security Special Committee; representing ASHRAE at professional and government meetings; assisting in the planning and organization of meetings, workshops, briefings and other advocacy events; and managing all administrative functions of the ASHRAE Washington Office.

ASHRAE Washington Office
1828 L Street, NW
Suite 810
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone (202) 833-1830
Fax: (202) 833-0118