Terry Ryan

Vice President for Ohio Programs & Policy

Terry Ryan is Vice-President for Ohio Programs and Policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Research Institution. He leads all Fordham operations in the Buckeye State, which include leading state research and policy efforts in Columbus, raising grant dollars, and overseeing Fordham’s charter school authorizer efforts. Fordham has authorized schools since 2005 and holds charter school agreements with 11 schools in Ohio that collectively serve about 2,700 students. Ryan has helped launch and lead a number of school reform initiatives including the “Ohio Common Core Coalition,” “School Choice Ohio,” “Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools,” and “Ohio Authorizer Collaborative.” Ryan manages two offices (one in Dayton with three employees and one in Columbus with four employees).

In these efforts he has worked closely with Ohio and national foundations, philanthropists, education and business leaders. Ryan has published multiple opinion pieces in the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, Dayton Daily Newsand Cincinnati Enquirer. He is regularly quoted by newspapers, journals and blogs in Ohio and across the country, and has been an expert guest on various Ohio television and radio programs. He is the author, with Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael Lafferty of Ohio’s Education Reform Challenges: Lessons from the Frontlines (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

From 1995 to 2001, Ryan served as Research Director for the UK-based 21st Century Learning Initiative. In that position he co-authored, with John Abbott, The Unfinished Revolution (ASCD Press, 2000).

Ryan started his career in education as a teacher in Poland and worked with the Polish Ministry of Education and the Foundation for Education for Democracy in the mid-1990s. Ryan is a member of the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. He is a 2008 New Schools Venture Fund/Aspen Institute fellow, and was awarded the Paterson International Fellowship from the University of Denver in 1994. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Political Economy from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies.

He lives with his wife Emilia and daughters Alexandra and Agnes in Dayton, Ohio.


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