Ryan Rippel, JD

Strategy Advisor for U.S. Poverty and Economic Mobility Initiatives, Gates Foundation

Ryan Rippel is the Gates Foundation’s Strategy Advisor for U.S. poverty and economic mobility initiatives. In this role, he leads the foundation’s early-stage investments to improve mobility from poverty in the United States. He sits within the office of the Chief Strategy Officer, a new portfolio created within the foundation to explore cross-foundation learning and strategic initiatives.

Prior to his current role, Ryan served in a number of roles at the Gates Foundation, including the senior program officer for CEO initiatives, interim chief of staff to the CEO, program officer and lead for the Global Program for Inclusive Municipal Governance, and chief of staff to the co-chair, William H. Gates, Sr.

Ryan is an attorney by training. Outside of the Foundation, he serves as an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. He leads a course and clinic focused on local government law and approaches to urban revitalization. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of Last Mile Health, which enhances the capacity of frontline health workers to deliver high-quality health care in remote villages in Liberia. He is the secretary of the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and a member of the Danforth Leadership Council at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ryan is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, where he was the Governor William Shirley Harvard-Cambridge Scholar, and Harvard Law School.