Senior Director of Strategy and Planning
Ellen Ryan joined the Fairmount Park Conservancy in December 2015. Trained as an urban planner, Ellen brings over 20 years of experience working in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Ellen has held leadership positions in a number of parks and urban planning organizations. Most recently she was the Kresge Fellow for Creative Placemaking at The Trust for Public Land. Previously she served as Executive Director of Open House New York, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, NY and Director of Governmental Affairs at the NYC Department of City Planning. She has a Masters in Planning from the University of Virginia and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Ellen’s keen interest is the intersection of communities, parks and culture and the role a vibrant civic realm plays in individual lives.