Director of Policy, American Institute of Architects
Zachary Hart, LEED GA, was named the Director of Policy in January 2014 following a two-year stint as the Manager, State and Local Relations where he assisted AIA state and local components with their government advocacy programs by providing policy research, strategic guidance, and management of the State Government Network (SGN). As the Director of Policy, Zachary is responsible for identifying and developing responses to public policy issues of interest to the architecture profession.
In addition to his work on state and local issues, Zachary recently spearheaded an initiative to help architects engage the market for energy retrofits of existing buildings. This endeavor included working closely with AIA member volunteers and serving as the lead researcher on behalf of AIA in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Institute for the publication Deep Energy Retrofits: An Emerging Opportunity, An Architect’s Guide to the Energy Retrofit Market.
Prior to working at the AIA, Zachary worked in politics and legislative advocacy. He has worked on political campaigns at the local, state, and federal level and as the lead organizer for the Kansas Organization of State Employees. Zachary holds a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan.