Ryan D. Rippel, director of Mobility from Poverty in the United States Program, oversees the foundation’s national work to strengthen pathways out of poverty and ensure all have access to the American Dream.

Over the past four years, Ryan has led the foundation’s learning initiative on U.S. poverty, which included establishing the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, site visits and meetings with families, local leaders, and advocates in over three dozen communities around the country, and a number of partnerships to generate new data and public goods in service of those working to address barriers to opportunity.

A native Midwesterner, Ryan is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he created and co-leads a course on local government law and urban revitalization. He also serves on the boards of the Missouri Foundation for Health and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. He is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School.