Ryan Rippel

Ryan Rippel

Director, Economic Mobility and Opportunity

Ryan D. Rippel oversees the foundation’s national work to strengthen pathways out of poverty and ensure all have access to the American Dream.

Over the past four years, Ryan has led the foundation’s learning initiative on U.S. poverty, which included establishing the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, site visits and meetings with families, local leaders, and advocates in over three dozen communities around the country, and a number of partnerships to generate new data and public goods in service of those working to address barriers to opportunity.

A native Midwesterner, Ryan is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he created and co-leads a course on local government law and urban revitalization. He also serves on the boards of the Missouri Foundation for Health and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. He is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School.

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Ryan Rippel Grand Challenge

Using authentic voices and stories to upend views on poverty and race

The Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenges has awarded 28 grants to organizations in order to help tell the stories of people facing poverty and marginalization in the U.S.
By Ryan Rippel Director, U.S. Economic Mobility and Opportunity, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
New York COVID-19 outreach

Helping local leaders reach the most vulnerable

The newly-launched OI Economic Tracker will help answer important question about American employment, income, and consumer spending.
By Ryan Rippel Director, U.S. Economic Mobility and Opportunity, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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