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Mary Jean Ryan

Mary_Jean_RyanMary Jean Ryan is the Founding Director of the Community Center for Education Results (CCER). CCER staffs the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort to double the number of students in South Seattle and South King County who are on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020. The project is also aiming to close achievement gaps for low-income children and students of color.

Previously, Ms. Ryan served as the Director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Policy and Management. Prior to that, she was Seattle’s Economic Development Director, having established that office in 1992 for then Mayor Norman B. Rice. Ms. Ryan also served in the Clinton Administration in Washington, D.C., as the Associate Deputy Administrator for Economic Development for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In 2009, Ms. Ryan was awarded the Wales Foundation Passionate Citizenship Honoree Award and was named by Seattle Magazine to its 2009 Most Influential People List. Ms. Ryan has a long-standing interest in education and workforce development. She chaired the State Board of Education during its reconstitution phase, and she continues to serve on the Board and on the Quality Education Council. Ms. Ryan has a B.A. from Georgetown University and a M.P.A. from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame.