Kathleen Ryan

Board Member
6 years

Kathleen (Kate) Ryan serves as a Board Director at the Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc. She has extensive fundraising experience, including successful tenures at the Rhodes Trust, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Office of International Alumni Affairs at Harvard University.

Kate recently served as the US Campaign Director for the Rhodes Trust, managing all aspects of fundraising, alumni affairs and external relations for the US based Rhodes Trust Campaign. In this capacity Kate led the Trust's efforts to develop and execute a strategic external relations plan that addresses the needs of the American community and is integrated with the Trust's overall efforts.

Kate joined the Trust from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) where she served as the Director of Global Outreach and Engagement for a short time before taking on the role of Associate Dean for External Relations. Before joining the GSD, Kate was the Founding Director of the Office of International Alumni Affairs at Harvard University, a department within the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) established to serve the growing needs of Harvard’s international alumni. Previously, Kate was the Deputy Director of University Capital Giving Programs in Harvard’s University Development Office, responsible for international fundraising programs and for all activities related to the Committee on University Resources. Formerly, she was Executive Director of the Global Initiative at Harvard Business School, managing a global staff working to develop new educational opportunities and build stronger ties to the business community worldwide.

Before joining Harvard, Kate was at Tufts University, where she was Executive Associate in the Office of the University President, managing both day-to-day operations and the President’s long-range agenda. Prior to that, she was Associate Director of the North Pacific Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, working to promote multinational academic initiatives.

Kate earned a B.A. from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

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