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Ryan Silber

Council of Student Sustainability Leaders


Ryan Silber is a mid-career MPA candidate, government sustainability practitioner for the past seven years, and a member of the 2023-24 Harvard University Council of Student Sustainability Leaders. Spending over five years in the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and the Strategic Growth Council, Ryan managed over $1.2 billion in place-based investments, managed California’s Environmental Leadership Development Project certification program; contributed to statewide plans and policy for greenhouse gas mitigation, climate change adaptation, housing production, and displacement avoidance; led interagency working groups; and coordinated his Office’s first ever racial equity action plan. His focus is on catalyzing transformative investments, supporting inclusive development that reduces impacts of climate change and supports vulnerable communities in urban, suburban, and rural areas.  

Ryan is from Rochester, Minnesota, and is a former Camp Counselor, canoe and backpacking trip leader and outfitter, and team-building facilitator. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, sports involving a ball, travel, visiting museums, cooking, and tending his garden. Ryan holds a B.B.A. in Finance, Economics, and Operations Management with an Environmental Studies certificate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.