Research Manager

American Dental Education Association

June 2016 – present | Washington, DC

  • Led a comprehensive redesign of our flagship survey of graduating seniors, integrating input from dozens of dental schools and other stakeholders.
  • Designed and built a dashboard used by dental schools to interactively explore more than 20 years of data from graduating seniors.
  • Reorganized and aligned several decades of inconsistent, incompatible datasets to allow for longitudinal analysis. And wasn’t that fun!


Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant

University of Washington

September 2010 – June 2015 | Seattle, Washington

  • Research Assistant for the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy (2015), Dr. Richard Zerbe (2012-2014), and Dr. Ann Bostrom (2010-2011).
  • As a Teaching Assistant, I taught ten courses, and earned nearly-perfect evaluations from my students. Those evaluations – like “Honestly, Ryan was perhaps one of the best instructors I've ever had” – are posted online.


Environmental Protection Assistant (STEP Summer Intern)

US Environmental Protection Agency

June 2012 – August 2012 | Seattle, Washington

  • Drafted the Tribal Environmental Resources Guide - a 75-page listing of technical resources, grants, and legal authority that tribal governments can receive from the EPA.
  • Developed an outreach and promotional strategy for the Guide’s rollout to tribal environmental leaders.
  • Created a password-protected, online platform that tribal governments can use to share data, grant applications, and other internal documents.


National Grassroots Organizer

National Wildlife Federation

February 2010 – August 2010 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Co-organized a 3-day phone bank operation which contacted nearly 1 million American homes and generated more than 200,000 documented calls to Senate offices in support of comprehensive climate legislation.
  • Organized nationwide opposition to the Keystone XL (Canadian Tar Sands) pipeline. This included educational events, participation in public hearings, and comments to legislators and administrators.


Special Projects Coordinator, Diesel Campaign

Clean Air Task Force

August 2009 – January 2010 | Ann Arbor, Michigan


Environmental Health Campaign Coordinator

Clean Water Action, Michigan

February 2009 – August 2009 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Built the Alliance for Healthy Air, a statewide coalition designed to advance diesel emissions reduction policies through the state legislature.
  • Lobbying and legislative advocacy contributed to an 88-20 bipartisan vote in the Michigan House of Representatives in favor of a bill to restrict Lindane use.
  • Successfully lobbied 55 members of the US Congress to support more than $5 billion in funding for diesel emissions reduction as part of the 2009 transportation reauthorization bill.


Founder & Executive Director

Students for Bhopal

May 2003 – June 2008 | Providence, Rhode Island & Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Helped build and manage a global coalition which included Amnesty International, Greenpeace, labor unions, student groups, diaspora organizations, and pollution-impacted communities. Meanwhile, I also grew SfB to nearly 70 chapters across five continents.
  • Organized an international Day of Action that led to an additional $330 million for Bhopal survivors. Other campaigns won poison-free drinking water for 15,000 survivors, and governmental support for a cleanup lawsuit. 
  • Designed and coordinated actions that contributed to the resignation of three board members from Dow Chemical, including its CEO.



Clean Car Campaign Intern

Ecology Center

1999 – 2003 | Ann Arbor, Michigan


Toxics Campaign Intern


June 2002 – August 2002 | Washington, DC