Dan Ryan

Portland City Commission, Position 2

Dan will continue to bring important representation to Portland!


Commissioner Dan Ryan is both honored and deeply humbled to serve his hometown, Portland. Charged with oversight of the Joint Office of Homeless Services, the Bureau of Development Services, the Portland Housing Bureau, and the Portland Children’s Levy, Dan brings the necessary leadership and bridge-building skills required to move Portland forward. Dan is a passionate and results-driven leader accustomed to tackling complex issues.

From 2005 to 2008, Dan served as an elected member of the Portland Public School Board. In 2018, he was named the Portland Light of Fire Executive Director of the Year and received recognition as one of Portland Monthly Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Portlanders in 2011. He is an alumnus of the American Leadership Forum in Oregon (ALF Class of XXVIII) and currently serves on the boards of Trillium Family Services and the University of Oregon Alumni Association.

Previously, Dan was CEO of All Hands Raised (formerly Portland Schools Foundation). He led the organization from 2008 to 2019—championing collective impact and guiding six school districts in Multnomah County toward measurable and meaningful results—and ultimately improving outcomes for children and youth from cradle to career. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon and completed graduate-level work at New School University’s Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy.

Dan is the youngest of eight, and a proud Oregonian. For decades he has been out and proud and have increasingly used his influence to advocate for equity in our schools and for causes in which he believes. Dan has lived as a person with HIV since the mid 80’s and is a committed relationship with a his gender fluid partner.

Dan leads steadfastly in pursuit of thoughtful community shared solutions to the myriad challenges faced by Portlanders.

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