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Changes support strategic plan, position the Council for growth 

Washington, DCThe American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) announced promotions and a strategic hire to strengthen the group’s highly competent and effective team. The changes will position the Council for the future. 

“ACEC’s success is rooted in its talented team of volunteer leaders, engaged members, and association professionals,” said ACEC President & CEO Linda Bauer Darr. These organization changes will put us in a stronger position to build on our strategic goals of vibrant member engagement and expanding our influential member base to allow for a broader representation of firms working in the design space of the built environment.”

Steve Hall Promoted to Executive Vice President – After more than 20 years with ACEC, Steve Hall has been promoted to Executive Vice President of the organization. In this newly created role, Steve will work with ACEC CEO Linda Bauer Darr to ensure the organization is positioned to meet members’ evolving needs. While continuing to oversee ACEC’s policy agenda, Steve will transition away from day-to-day lobbying to focus on several high-level ACEC priorities, including the development and implementation of a workforce agenda and launching the new Energy and Technology Committees.

Sandy Lynch Hired as Senior Vice President of the Reorganized Membership, Member Organization (MO) Services, and Business Resources & EducationDepartment – ACEC is combining the membership and education departments to better align their efforts toward supporting ACEC’s state member organizations (MOs), increasing engagement, and growing the Council’s membership base.

This new department will be led by seasoned association executive Sandy Lynch.Previously at the Associated Building Contractors (ABC), Sandy worked for almost ten years to forge a strong and productive relationship with the ABC chapters, among other responsibilities. Her prior experience also includes serving as Executive Vice President at the American Moving and Storage Association and seven years at the American Trucking Associations where she managed a team of public affairs professionals.

Daphne Bryant to Serve as Full-Time Executive Director of the ACEC Research Institute – Daphne Bryant, currently splitting her time as ACEC Senior Vice President of Membership and Member Organization Services and Executive Director of the ACEC Research Institute, will move over to lead the Institute full-time effective July 1. Daphne has served as the Institute’s Executive Director since its inception three years ago and will now be able to dedicate her attention and talents to overseeing the Institute’s growing portfolio of research.

Additional promotions to support departmental reorganization: 

  • Katie Goodman has been promoted to Vice President, Education and Leadership Programs
  • Maria Schaff has been promoted to Vice President, Membership Recruitment and Retention 
  • Andrew Fort has been promoted to Senior Director, Education
  • Caitlin Greene has been promoted to Senior Director, Member Organization Services


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May 22, 2023

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