As the Director of Community Programs, Ryan is charged with leading Connecticut’s largest one-to-one, community-based youth mentoring program, which serves well over 450 children across Nutmeg’s 132 town service area. Starting as an Enrollment Coordinator with Nutmeg in 2011, and having previously served the agency as Assistant to the Director of Programs and Community Programs and Development Manager, Ryan has personally helped to create over 300 mentoring relationships between qualified adult volunteers and local children in-need, while also founding and leading Nutmeg’s volunteer affinity group, Bigs Ignite, and post-match mentor training initiative, Mentor Academy.
In addition, Ryan has also tackled statewide youth advocacy and capacity building efforts, having been appointed to Governor Malloy’s Youth and Urban Violence Commission and the Connecticut State Legislature’s Juvenile Justice Policy Oversight Committee’s Diversion Workgroup, as well as serving as the co-chair of the Greater Hartford Mentoring Collaborative and steering committee member of the Southeastern Connecticut Mentoring Collaborative. Ryan concurrently serves as the Executive Director of The Susie Foundation, an organization which he founded following his mother’s death to support Connecticut families struggling with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Ryan was named to the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list in 2016, has been named a Hometown Hero by the Hartford Courant, inducted into Woodland High School’s Hall of Fame, and named a 2017 Myra Kraft Community MVP by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. Ryan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut in 2009 with a BA in History and Political and received his MPA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Connecticut in 2016.