Ryan grew up in the Finger Lakes region, spending much of her childhood at her grandparents’ home on the edge of Seneca Lake. Ryan notes that from a young age, she developed a deep appreciation for the forests and waters of this area.She has been involved with a number of initiatives to promote sustainability, help youths and adults develop a sense of place, and incorporate eco-consciousness into individual’s and organization’s decision-making. Some of the skills and characteristics she brings to this role include event coordination, teaching, program development, organization, creativity, and enthusiasm.

Ryan obtained a BA in Environmental Studies and Master of Arts in Teaching at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and spent five years teaching middle school science, leading environmentally-themed after-school programs, and coaching cross country. Over the past few years, She spent time in Vermont and Oregon, where she served as an AmeriCorps member with various environmental organizations, and recently became the Director of Education and Outreach for the environmental nonprofit Umpqua Watersheds.

When Ryan is not working or volunteering with environmental organizations, she can be found caring for pets, walking/hiking, singing, or painting. She is also working on her first novel!

We are thrilled to have Ryan as part of out team! To contact Ryan, email ryan@sustainabletompkins.org.