The National Institute of Building Sciences has named Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, as its new president and chief executive officer.

In her role as president, Woods will be responsible for leading the institute’s team of professionals and growing relationships with members, clients, public agencies, and partners. She will lead efforts to expand the organization’s programs and markets while growing and strengthening its membership base.

Woods brings experience in association management, including strategic planning, team building, and business development. She has served the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) since 2004, most recently as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, where she supervised a staff of 28 and oversaw a budget of $13 million. Previously, she was NAHB’s vice president of publishing and affinity programs for nearly 11 years. Prior to that, she held marketing and e-business roles of increasing importance and scope at the Associated General Contractors of America. Woods is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) board of directors.

“Lakisha’s strategic drive and her distinguished career in the association management community make her the perfect choice to lead the National Institute of Building Sciences into its next evolution and position it as the leader in discussions around cutting-edge topics of importance to the built environment community,” said Joseph Donovan, institute chair. “We’re thrilled to welcome her aboard.”

“As a veteran of the building industry association space, I’m very excited to join the National Institute of Building Sciences. They serve as a trusted source of information and a well-regarded forum for the free and open discussion of challenges and opportunities in the built environment,” said Woods. “The Institute’s commitment to its mission and the support of its members mirrors my own values, and I look forward to upholding the organization’s strong priorities and expanding its reach.”