Ryan is a Research Associate at Wilder Research as well as a practicing musician and theater artist. He specializes in the arts, equity and inclusion, and youth development research and evaluation. In terms of methods, Ryan has expertise in designing and managing qualitative studies, and is particularly drawn to participatory research and evaluation. He enjoys using these methods to identify and refine indicators that measure impact, and then designing organizational processes to track those indicators.
Before working at Wilder Research, Ryan was a youth program developer with Youth Forum and an AmeriCorps volunteer at Emerge Community Development. He received his bachelor’s degree in theater and sociology/anthropology from St. Olaf College and he is working toward his certificate of nonprofit management at the University of Minnesota. When not working at Wilder, Ryan is often practicing and playing with his alternative folk band, Fox & Coyote.