Don Ryan

Senior Project Manager

Don Ryan, formerly a member of Healthy Housing Solutions’ Board, Ryan is a founding Board Member of the National Center for Healthy Housing, having served on the NCHH Board since its inception in 1992. He plays a key role in NCHH decision-making by serving on the executive and finance committees.

Over the past three decades, Mr. Ryan has worked in Washington in the executive branch, in Congress, and in the public interest community on environmental, transportation, and housing policy issues. At the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mr. Ryan handled funding for mass transit and highway programs and coordinated energy conservation strategies across the transportation sector during the energy crisis of the late 1970s. He oversaw the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency as professional staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations from 1982 to 1989.

From 1990 to 2005, Mr. Ryan was executive director of the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, a national policy and advocacy organization that built a powerful network of grassroots advocates, practitioners, and experts that lobbied Congress and federal agencies to protect children at highest risk. Mr. Ryan helped shape the federal lead poisoning prevention law of 1992, which shifted the approach from reaction to prevention.

Mr. Ryan currently manages the Healthy Housing Challenge, which combines the strengths of Rebuilding Together and NCHH to help volunteer home repair organizations make high-risk homes dramatically healthier and safer.

Mr. Ryan also serves on the board of Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church. Mr. Ryan holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Southern Mississippi.