Ryan Gerety is a technology fellow with the Equitable Development team, where she investigates how the changing data and technology landscape impacts inequality.
Over her career, Ryan has worked with grassroots organizations to use data and technology to address economic and racial inequality. While the head of international field activities at the Open Technology Institute, she established a small grants fund for digital equity projects, such as community-governed broadband networks, and provided technical and community engagement support to those projects. Previously, as the associate director of research and a principal investigator at Social Compact, she researched data-driven redlining patterns in underserved neighborhoods across the US, and worked with community groups to reverse disparities in access to small business loans, financial services, and healthy, affordable grocery stores. She has developed curriculum and conducted community workshops on a variety of technology, privacy, and data issues, both domestically and internationally.
Ryan holds a master’s degree in political science, with a focus on the political economy of development, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science, with a concentration on complex adaptive systems, from the University of New Mexico.