With a background in environmental economics and policy and climate change adaptation, Ryan leads WWF’s work in climate risk management. He currently manages the ADVANCE partnership with climate scientists at Columbia University, working to create actionable information from a deluge of often overly complex science to inform WWF’s conservation and sustainable development work around the world. Through engagements in diverse landscapes in Latin America, Central Asia, and South East Asia, ADVANCE is helping WWF and our government partners plan for climate resilience.
Prior to joining WWF, Ryan worked in international water policy and economics in the Ganges and Mekong basins for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He also received his master's degree from Duke in Environmental Management, focusing on climate change adaptation, international water policy and environmental economics and policy.
Originally from Reno, Nevada, Ryan grew up developing a deep appreciation for nature backpacking, skiing, and hiking in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains and throughout the American west. He lives in Washington, DC.
“Climate change is arguably the most difficult challenge humanity has ever faced. It is inspiring to work with so many amazing partners around the world to develop solutions that help build resilience for both people and nature in the face of so much change.”