Ryan joins Hester Street as a Project Associate supporting our community design and engagement work. By designing interactive toolkits, facilitating community workshops, and synthesizing stories and data, he hopes to build community power towards more just futures. Recently he has developed tools and strategies to gather community health priorities with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and he’s supported community outreach with the Brooklyn Public Library as they renovate their Central Branch.
Ryan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons where he facilitated workshops to envision the radical futures of urban commons, designed games for the National Gallery of Denmark and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and researched the role of design in collective worldbuilding. Before joining Hester Street, he has worked as a digital fabricator, a product designer, a UI/UX researcher, and a union representative.