Ryan is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of University Ventures. Ryan’s commentary on “where the puck is going” in higher education regularly appears in Forbes, EdSurge, Inside Higher Education, TechCrunch and VentureBeat, among others. He is the author of College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), which profiles the coming shift toward competency-based education and hiring. He is also the author of the upcoming A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College (Ben Bella, 2018), which describes the critical importance of last-mile training and the emergence of bootcamps, income share programs, and staffing models as preferred pathways to good first jobs.
Prior to founding University Ventures, Ryan led the Education & Training sector at Warburg Pincus where he was the founding Director of Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), one of the largest online universities in the United States. Ryan has also served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, UCLA extension, and as Vice President for Columbia University’s online education company. From 2004 to 2010, Ryan founded and built Wellspring, a national network of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents, and young adults. He began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co.
As Managing Director of University Ventures, Ryan leads the firm’s investments in Revature, Credly, Portfolium, ProSky, and ReUp Education. He received bachelor’s degrees summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School.
Cherie Blair CBE, QC
Chancellor, Asian University for Women; Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Deputy CEO, Mikhailov & Partners;
former correspondent for Bloomberg News TV and bureau-chief for CTV Canada in Moscow
Prof Fernando M. Reimers
Professor of the Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Deputy Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education
Senior Policy Analyst/ Project Manager of the OECD Education and Skills 2030, Early Childhood and School Division, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD