Ryan has been a mediator since 2019 and provides facilitation services for the Oregon Department of Human Services. With his facilitation and mediation skills, Ryan helps parties collaborate toward win-win solutions, making all feel heard and acknowledged along the way.
Ryan serves as the lead organizer for the CURE:PDX project, an initiative aimed at mitigating hyper-polarization, extremism, and political violence between Portland and Olympia. Within this role, he leverages his experience in mediation to foster connections and facilitate dialogue between ideologically divided groups. By conducting community dialogues and training community members, Ryan imparts skills in deescalation, conflict resolution, and communication across differing viewpoints. These efforts contribute to the creation of more unified and resilient communities. His work is driven by a commitment to engaging with individuals who are most susceptible to acts of violence or involvement in extremist political groups.
Ryan is passionate about using mediation to help participants develop insight into their own worldview. In a particular case around identity and diversity, he helped the parties become aware of the clash of paradigms that subtly underpinned the conflict. This insight helped the parties achieve mutual understanding and empathy toward each other, while paving the way for future collaboration.
Outside of his work with In-Accord, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, nine goats, and reading about philosophy, politics, and systems theory. He dreams of building a conflict-resilient society where we all learn and grow from our differences and disagreements.