Ryan Walsh

Relationship & Development Senior Director

Ryan is responsible for the growth and implementation 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 relationship-building and tracking of membership, sponsorship, individual giving, and grants.  Ryan engages with stakeholders to provide maximum benefit to donors and assists with education, events, and outreach.


Ryan has a background in nonprofit administration, teaching, and creative writing. Prior to joining GBA, he worked at Vermont Studio Center directing the creative writing residencies program and the organization’s fundraising efforts. He strengthened diverse fellowship offerings for artists and writers from around the world, grew VSC’s Vermont Fresh Network Farm & Chef Partnership, and built a national Creative Access Consortium of residency opportunities for artists with disabilities. Ryan has taught a range of writing and literature courses at Albion College, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin (where he received the Richard Knowles Teaching Award). He is passionate about bicycles and gardens as powerful tools for building sustainable communities, and he serves on the alumni board of Warren Wilson College.


Ryan holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, where he first learned about green buildings.