Ryan Werder is the Program Director, Midwest Campaigns, and is based in the Energy Foundation’s Chicago office. He guides the foundation’s strategies to build public will for clean energy and climate policies in the Midwest. Working in close partnership with grantees, allies, and Energy Foundation policy and communications experts, Ryan develops and funds strategies that achieve ambitious policy goals in the power, buildings, transportation, and climate sectors.
Before joining the Energy Foundation staff, Ryan was Deputy Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV), where he helped guide the organization to four-fold growth during his tenure. He also led the organization’s work in convening and coordinating broad, diverse, and bipartisan coalitions around energy, land use, and water protections. In the 2012 campaign cycle he was loaned to Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs, where he served as Field Director. Throughout the campaign he worked with dozens of organizations across the country—including faith, environmental, health, labor, and business groups—to build the state’s largest election day poll greeter and get-out-the-vote program.
Before joining Michigan LCV, Ryan worked in Michigan as Field Representative for Congressman John Dingell. His roles included interactions with officials and policies on federal, state, and local issues as well as a focus on public/private partnerships.
Ryan earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, where he founded the monthly campus magazine, The Michigan Independent.