Community Engagement Manager
Community Engagement Coordinator
Ryan joined the MWA in January, 2021 and is involved with its many volunteer-driven initiatives. Specifically, he works on recruiting and training new volunteers for the MWA River Watcher program and environmental restoration projects. He also maintains the Education Trail along the river, assists with in-school educational presentations, and conducts outreach with public officials and other organizations.
Ryan was born and raised in Phillipsburg, NJ and caught his first trout on the Musconetcong River in Hughesville, c. 1998. After fishing the three “Congs” of Warren County throughout his childhood, he went away to the College of William & Mary to study biology. Ryan followed that up by completing his Master’s Degree in fisheries and aquatic sciences at the University of Florida, publishing his thesis on the ability of angler-provided data to inform recreational fisheries management decisions. Since then, he served as an ORISE fellow at the EPA’s Region 3 office in Philadelphia, a fisheries management specialist for the Commonwealth of Virginia, an AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the state’s Upper Delaware River tributaries – where he was hosted by the MWA, and a support guide at the Ridge and Valley Charter School in Blairstown, NJ.