Ryan M. Roemerman

Advocacy Advisor

Ryan Roemerman has served as a strategist for state, national, and global organizations that advance equity and social impact. He is an expert in program development, leading innovative projects from concept to practice, and providing technical assistance for organizational transformation.

He began his career co-founding a nonprofit that helped pass safe school and civil rights laws by helping young people tell their stories and motivating public and political action. He launched a national campaign in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and The White House to honor those creating safe learning environments, and developed a certification program to help schools meet law requirements and build their capacity to advance equity. The program started in Iowa, served as a model in Oregon, and was replicated in Washington, D.C. with support from the U.S. Department of Education, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, D.C. Office of Human Rights, and Child Trends, with funding from the National Institute of Justice. Ryan then went on to manage communications and public policy for Out Leadership, a global LGBTQ business advising firm.

Since then, Ryan developed and launched the National Center for Civil and Human Rights LGBTQ Institute, serving as its founding executive director from 2015-2022. He now guides The Center’s efforts to become a locally grounded, globally relevant voice on civil and human rights through its leadership and advocacy programs.

Ryan has served on a variety of nonprofit boards including youthSpark, The Alliance Theater Advisory Board, and as Well-Being Effectiveness Impact Area Advisor for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Most recently, he co-chaired the Mayor’s Inaugural LGBTQ Advisory Board and served on President Biden’s Georgia LGBTQ Leadership Council. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Iowa.