CEO at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Colorado
Dave Ryan is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (BBBSC), the oldest and largest youth mentoring agency in the state. BBBSC serves over 2,000 children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Under Mr. Ryan’s leadership, BBBSC has made a strategic shift to expand mentoring to entire classes of high school students to ensure high school graduation and post-secondary success. In 2016, the agency won the Denver Metro Chamber’s Large Nonprofit of the Year award, the ColoradoBiz Magazine’s Top Company Award. In 2014, BBBSC won the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Trust.
Prior to BBBSC, Mr. Ryan was the Chief Operating Officer at CiviCore, a software company that improves the use of information in nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies. In addition to his work at CiviCore, Mr. Ryan was also the Managing Director for Green Spark Ventures, a Colorado-based venture capital fund focusing on early stage alternative energy and cleantech companies. Green Spark was the lead investor in Albeo Technologies, Inc, a commercial/industrial LED lighting manufacturer that was acquired by General Electric in 2012. Mr. Ryan’s early career experience includes positions in senior sales management positions with various venture-funded technology companies in Denver, London, and Washington, DC.
Mr. Ryan is a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellow and a Leadership Denver graduate. He is a member of Rose Community Foundation’s Child and Family Development Committee. He also currently serves on the boards of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (chairman) and the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Previous board roles include The Spot, Urban Peak, the Boulder Philharmonic, Adventures Within, and the Logan School for Creative Learning. Dave holds a BA from the University of Virginia in Economics and an MBA from the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he was a Robert K. Anderson Entrepreneurial Fellow and a Harry Trueblood Entrepreneurial Fellow.
Mr. Ryan lives in Denver with his wife, Christy, and two sons, Jack and Will.