Ryan Swann

Ryan Swann

Panel Manager: Technology & Innovation for the Black Community

Ryan Swann, a candidate for Master in Public Administration, is the 2018-2019 Roy and Lila Ash Fellow in Democracy at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He is an innovation strategist who has been focused on leveraging data to improve government, democracy, and social enterprises. He has over a decade of experience building innovative data solutions for some of the government’s toughest challenges.

Prior to the Harvard Kennedy School, Ryan served as the Chief Data Officer/Director of Data Analytics for the U.S. Office of Government-Wide Policy (OGP) were he leveraged innovation and data to improve interagency effectiveness. Additionally, he co-founded the first White House Data Cabinet, where he convened other federal Chief Data Officers to solve data challenges. He also co-authored the first Federal Data Maturity Model, an assessment tool for data capability. Ryan also served in various data science roles at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Google, and E*Trade. Ryan is a social entrepreneur and co-founded a few startups in technology and sustainability. In addition, he enjoys serving on boards to help organizations achieve their goals through innovation.

Ryan received an MBA, double majoring in entrepreneurship/innovation and finance, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. While studying computer science and communication at Maryland, Ryan also served and deployed to Iraq with his United States Marine Corps unit and received several medals and awards for outstanding service following his tour in Iraq.