Ryan K. Priester
Director, Community Programs


Ryan leads the work of Community Programs through coordinating collaborations between UChicago faculty, students, and staff and local nonprofits. He manages the Community Programs Accelerator, which supports the success of nonprofits whose work benefits mid-South Side neighborhoods. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Ryan began his career working with youth and families in the Woodlawn neighborhood.  Previously, Ryan served in several leadership roles in community-based nonprofits, including as the Associate Director for the Woodlawn Public Safety Alliance. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago and attended the Divinity School for graduate studies.