Ryan Chao

Placed Leader

Ryan Chao

President
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

April 2, 2019

Koya Consultants partnered with Rails-To-Trails on the search for its next President.
Ryan Chao became president of RTC in January 2019, overseeing the organization’s national leadership in trail development, policy advocacy and movement building. He brings to his role a long history in community and economic development and a passion for connecting people to opportunity and the outdoors.
Ryan came to RTC after serving as vice president of civic sites and community change at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he led significant neighborhood-transformation initiatives across the country, linking economic, educational and housing programs to strengthen families and communities. He also served as executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area-based Satellite Housing, where he led the development of affordable housing communities throughout Northern California and created innovative partnership models combining housing with comprehensive supportive services.  
Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Business Administration from the New York University Stern School of Business.
When he’s not leading the team at RTC, Ryan enjoys skiing and cycling on the trails with his wife and daughters.


Read the press release: RTC Commits to Vision of Trails at the Heart of Healthy, Thriving Communities with Announcement of President-Elect.