Indianapolis – Indy Reads, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promote and improve adult and family literacy in central Indiana, announces Ryan King has been named as its new CEO. An Indiana native, Ryan returns to his home state after several successful years as a well-respected leader for nonprofit and for profit organizations over 10 years in the Mountain West region of the United States.
“Ryan’s approach to leadership and his nonprofit management expertise make him uniquely qualified to ensure Indy Reads continues to deliver and expand its literacy programs that serve this community,” said Chris Glitzer, President of the Indy Reads Board of Directors. “The board and staff of Indy Reads are excited to begin this new chapter.”
“It is an honor to have been selected and I am thrilled at the chance to work for a nonprofit focused on a cause that is so critical to the social and economic success for individuals and families of central Indiana.” says King.
Prior to Indy Reads, Ryan was the CEO and Executive Director of Denver’s LoDo (Lower Downtown) District, a 30-year-old organization representing Denver’s oldest neighborhood during a time of major change and transition with over $1.7 billion in development occurring during Ryan’s tenure. He is honored to have been named to the Denver Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. Ryan served as Chief Operating Officer and Associate Publisher of a major Denver magazine. Also, Ryan was the Founder and Managing Partner of an organization aimed to help people recover from the housing crisis of 2008, and he was General Manager of Rental/Retail Operations for the Ritz Carlton located at Beaver Creek Ski Resort.
Ryan developed his servant leadership mentality early in his career during his tenure with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Associate Director of Programs and Base Director at the largest youth camping facility in the world, Philmont Scout Ranch. During his time at the camp, Ryan oversaw the development of a new 100,000 acre backpacking facility, served on the management team overseeing a +$25 million budget, and redeveloped the Boy Scout’s year-round camping programs.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School Leaders of Nonprofits Program. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Management at Harvard University.