The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission announces the appointment of Ryan Riley as Executive Director. The Commission was created by an Executive Order in 2008 for the purpose of mobilizing business leaders across Pennsylvania to secure support for investments in early learning.
Ryan has more than a decade of leadership experience in education from pre-K to post-secondary. As a thought leader in education policy, he has worked closely with diverse and economically challenged communities to improve student outcomes, reduce high school dropout rates and expand career pathways through workforce development.
“Ryan has a proven track record of bringing elected officials and community and business leaders together to improve education,” said Dr. Janet Haas, MD, Board Chair of the William Penn Foundation and Honorary co-chair of the Commission. “We are fortunate to have him lead the Commission and our efforts to help the state make smart investments in Pennsylvania’s children.”
Before joining the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, Ryan served as the President of Communities in Schools (CIS) of Pennsylvania, where he led and grew an affiliate network serving more than 50,000 students. In his role, Ryan guided large-scale program implementation with public and private investments in schools and communities with intractable challenges. He has furthered the expansion of the Community Schools model throughout the Commonwealth, created the Milliken Promise Scholarship and promoted collaboration across sectors to address the damaging effects of poverty in education.
Prior to CIS, Ryan held cabinet-level positions at Easterseals and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, where he oversaw development, marketing and state and federal government relations. He has presented in a variety of national forums on education, Community Schools, philanthropy and grassroots advocacy. Ryan is a past-President and Board Member of the Harrisburg Young Professionals and serves as a Parent Surrogate volunteer for children with educational challenges whom no parents or guardian can be identified. He currently resides in Camp Hill with his wife and two children.
Ryan will begin his role as the new Executive Director in early February.
The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission has 58 members, all senior business leaders from across the Commonwealth, representing many of Pennsylvania’s leading industries. It informs thousands of business and civic leaders annually about the critical importance of preparing all young children with the knowledge and skills required for success.