Relationship & Development Senior Director
Ryan is responsible for the growth and care of GBA’s many stakeholder relationships, including those with members, sponsors, funders, and partners. He also provides direct support for all aspects of GBA’s development efforts, including managing membership, securing sponsorships, fostering individual giving, and grant research and writing. Ryan engages with the GBA community to provide maximum benefit to all stakeholders.
Ryan has an extensive background in nonprofit administration, higher ed teaching, and creative writing. Prior to joining GBA, he worked at Vermont Studio Center directing both the creative writing residencies program and VSC’s fundraising efforts. There he strengthened diverse fellowship offerings for artists and writers from around the world, grew the organization’s Vermont Fresh Network Farm & Chef Partnership, and launched a national Creative Access Consortium of residency opportunities for artists with disabilities. He has also taught a range of writing and literature courses at the University of Michigan, Albion College, and the University of Wisconsin, and he is the is author of the poetry collection Reckonings (forthcoming 2019, Baobab Press). Ryan is passionate about bicycles and gardens as powerful tools for building sustainable communities.
Ryan holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Integrative Studies from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, where he first learned about green buildings through the college’s LEED Platinum EcoDorm.