Ryan Colker

National Institute of Building Sciences

Ryan Colker is vice president at the National Institute of Building Sciences where he leads the institute’s efforts to improve the built environment through the collaboration of industry stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. He directs the Consultative Council which develops findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and transmits those recommendations to Congress and the Administration. He also serves as staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; the National Council on Building Codes and Standards; the Off-Site Construction Council and the Institute’s STEM Education Program. He is a recognized expert on emerging issues within the built environment including resilience, building performance, and off-site construction and speaks and writes frequently on these subjects. 

Before joining the institute, he served as manager of government affairs for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air- conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). While at ASHRAE, he assisted in the formation of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus and the development and piloting of the Building Energy Quotient, ASHRAE’s building energy labeling program. Colker served as the program director of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, where he was the lead staff member in charge of interdisciplinary programs for a 14-member consortium of professional and scientific organizations. He is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and holds a bachelor's, with honors, in environmental policy from the University of Florida.