Ryan has a unique blend of for-profit, non-profit and direct experience with the young adult cancer community. He is the Founder / Chairman of Rise Above It (RAI), an organization deeply committed to advancing the field of adolescent and young adult oncology (AYAO). He was originally introduced to First Descents through his work at RAI. Ryan served on LIVESTRONG’s Grant Review Committees and as a member of the Young Adult Alliance Oversight Committee prior to joining the Foundation’s staff full-time in 2011. During his tenure at LIVESTRONG, Ryan supported individual major gifts, foundation grants, corporate engagement, and also managed the Young Leaders Cancer Council (YLCC).
Prior to joining LIVESTRONG, Ryan worked in Accenture’s Strategy Practice where he managed Fortune 500 client accounts across several industries. Ryan holds B.S.B.A. in Technology Management & Finance from Georgetown University, where he was captain of the football team and a Division I All American in 2000.