President and CEO
Covenant House International
Kevin Ryan is president and CEO of Covenant House International, one of the largest charities in the US dedicated to serving homeless youth and ending child trafficking.
Ryan arrived at Covenant House as a young lawyer in 1992 to provide legal aid to homeless youth. Today, he had led efforts to expand the nonprofit into 31 cities and six countries, most recently opening new Covenant Houses in Chicago, Asbury Park, and Berkeley. Ryan is also leading an aggressive expansion to end youth homelessness, which saw Covenant House reach 80,000 children and youth in 2017.
Prior to Covenant House, Ryan served as the first public child advocate in New Jersey and the first commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. He also served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services and helped draft some of the state's most important laws for youth, including the New Jersey Homeless Youth Act and the Foster Care Scholars Act.
Ryan’s first book, Almost Home, became a national best seller in 2012, telling the stories of six homeless teenagers as they faced abuse, violence, and heartbreak in search of a place to call home. In 2015, President Barack Obama appointed Ryan to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Ryan graduating from Catholic University, Georgetown Law Center, and NYU Law School. He’s also a former Skadden Fellow and Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School.
Kevin Ryan will participate in “Fireside Chat: Applying Business Practices to Nonprofit Governance.”