Ryan is a native of Los Angeles, Ca. His parents were teenagers when they had him and made many great sacrifices in the face of tremendous challenges. Both of Ryan's parents are remarried and he was raised in a large, blended family of five sisters, two brothers and four dogs.
Ryan earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College in 2008. While at Morehouse, Ryan served in several organizations and leadership capacities, including the Morehouse College Honors Program, the Student Senate, and the Student Government Association as the 2007-2008 Vice President. He also worked closely with the Morehouse College Leadership Center, including as an Oprah Winfrey South Africa Fellow. Ryan founded an international community service program called The Arché during the 2006-07 school year. The organization selected students for year-long fellowships where they designed and implemented service learning programs abroad, in countries including South Africa, Lesotho, and Colombia.
In 2008 Ryan joined Teach for America as a corps member in the Atlanta Metro Region He was a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher in South Fulton County at Seaborn Lee Elementary. In 2010, he was a Reynolds Foundation Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. While at Harvard, Ryan also served as Student Government Association President. In 2011, Ryan earned a Masters of Education Policy and Management Harvard Graduate School of Education. Later that year, Ryan returned to Atlanta to join McKinsey & Company and now works as an internal consultant in the office of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Outside of work, Ryan enjoys international travel, cooking and volunteerism. He serves as Treasurer on the board of the nonprofit Full Court Peace, an organization that promotes conflict resolution through basketball domestically and abroad. Full Court Peace works with community members in cities like Belfast, Juarez, Havana, and Bridgeport.
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