Nathan Cummings Foundation Appoints Danielle Deane-Ryan as Director, Inclusive Clean Economy

Danielle Deane-Ryan

Koya congratulates the Nathan Cummings Foundation on the appointment of Danielle Deane-Ryan as Director, Inclusive Clean Economy.

Deane-Ryan’s selection was made after a national and thorough search overseen by Koya.

In 2015 Koya led the President & CEO search for the Nathan Cummings Foundation that resulted in the recruitment of Sharon Alpert, the Foundation’s fourth president and first female leader. Since Alpert’s appointment, Koya has led numerous searches for senior staff members as well as partnering with the Board on the search for the Director, Inclusive Clean Economy.

Deane-Ryan brings more than two decades of experience shaping advocacy and communications strategies, directing philanthropic investments, and leading equity and inclusion innovation in the clean energy sector. In her new role, she joins the Foundation’s leadership team working to advance solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality.

Most recently, Deane-Ryan served in the Obama Administration as senior advisor for External Affairs and acting director for Stakeholder Engagement at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). EERE is one of the world’s largest public investors in clean energy technologies.

At DOE, she introduced a more strategic and inclusive approach to stakeholder outreach to improve understanding of the clean energy revolution’s success among a broader array of audiences. She collaborated with DOE’s Jobs Strategy Council to communicate the employment benefits from clean energy sector growth, and partnered with private sector leaders to highlight the impact of EERE’s investments.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Deane-Ryan was principal at the Raben Group. Her time included serving as executive director of Green 2.0. Green 2.0’s work won praise from foundation presidents, chief executives of environmental advocacy organizations and members of Congress, and was recognized by Inside Philanthropy as one of 2015’s Boldest Moves and Top Trends.

Deane-Ryan served on the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program Advisory Board and was a fellow of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, which won the Zayed prize for focusing the world’s attention on the economic value of natural capital. She serves on the boards of the American Councils for International Education and Resource Media.

Deane-Ryan holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development, and a B.A. from Williams College in Political Economy with an Environmental Studies Concentration.

Read the full press release: Danielle Deane-Ryan Joins The Nathan Cummings Foundation As Director, Inclusive Clean Economy.