Ryan Burton is a cross-sector leadership associate at EdRedesign and a doctor of education leadership candidate at Harvard University. Ryan decided to have a career in education after completing a year of service at an urban middle school through City Year Boston. During that year, he experienced the positive impact nonprofit and community organizations can have in addressing opportunity gaps that affect performance in the classroom. Most recently, Ryan was the Success Program director at Bottom Line, a college access and success organization supporting over 2,000 first-generation students across Massachusetts. Before Bottom Line, Ryan worked in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership in Colorado. Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in English and political science from the University of Kansas and a master of social work degree from Washington University in St. Louis.