Ryan Sherod is currently a senior studying Political Science and Public Policy. After starting his college career studying theater in New York, he realized that at the core of his love for storytelling was a desire to address and shine light on a range of social issues, political problems, and prevalent societal inequalities. After making this discovery, Ryan returned to the Bay Area to attend community college, where he explored classes related to journalism, economics, and political science before graduating with honors and transferring to UC Berkeley to continue on the path to law school.
In 2018, Ryan interned at the Stanford Social Innovation Review before returning in 2019 to help organize and execute the 14th annual Nonprofit Management Institute (NMI) – bringing 300+ social sector leaders to Stanford to disseminate and discuss nonprofit business strategies, giving, and government in this age of political and economic uncertainty. Ryan is interested in developing strategic policy-based solutions to today's most pressing issues at the intersection of business, law, and civil society. More specifically, Ryan is interested in affordable housing policy, arts education, and increasing visibility, equity, and opportunities for LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace.
In his free time, Ryan writes about politics, (still) sings show-tunes, and enjoys spending time at home with his partner Jamie and their cat, Macy. Ryan is excited to use this summer in the Matsui Local Government Fellowship to work with local leaders to prioritize progressive growth for Bay Area communities.