University of Denver
Hundreds of worldwide business leaders, two Secretaries of State, a New York Times best-selling novelist, one of America’s most beloved playwrights and an untold others making a difference can all trace their roots back to the University of Denver. An institution that traces its roots back to before Colorado was even a state, DU has been an academic leader in the Rocky Mountain West for more than a century.
Ryan serves as Program Coordinator for the University of Denver Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning, where he directs the DU Puksta Scholars Program. Ryan served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member as well as in a Program & Development Coordinator role with the PeaceJam Foundation. He has also focused his energy as a Colorado Area Coordinator with Amnesty International, mountain guide, and Master Composter. He currently serves on the Denver South High School Community Partnership Board. In 2012, Ryan was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, where he currently serves as Chair. In 2016, he was honored with both the University of Denver ‘Champion of Change’ award and the ‘Outstanding Student Organization Advisor’ award.
Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Organizations & Leadership: Strategic Innovation & Organizational Change, both earned from the University of Denver. He loves to play in Colorado’s wilderness areas, devour novels, and grow food and flowers with his wife Shannon and their two sons, Holden and Hugo.