Chad Ryerson is a program analyst within the Recovery Directorate at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, DC.
As an audit coordinator at FEMA, Ryerson worked within the newly formed Recovery audit section to develop a strategic, proactive, and coordinated approach to the Directorate’s audit engagements. He helped establish consistent processes and protocols for audit engagements so his section could facilitate trend identification and data-driven decision making. Ryerson hopes to improve the timeliness, preparation, and quality of audits from DHS’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Ryerson has served since 2012 as the secretary on the board of directors for the New York City-based nonprofit Latin Economic Forum, which seeks to gather a community of global leaders to explore the underpinnings of Latin America’s challenges. He was recently elected to serve on the board of directors as the professional development director for the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington (RPCV/W). The Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization represents more than 2,500 returned Peace Corps volunteers committed to one of the Peace Corps’ goals of bringing the Peace Corps’ experience back to communities.
Ryerson is the author of three international development articles, including his published capstone “Vaya Pues: A Case Study Exploring Sustainability, Intercultural Management, and Recycling in Honduras” (SIT Graduate Institute, 2011). Additionally, he is the author of an Emergency Management Recovery Guide entitled “Disaster Assistance: A Guide to Recovery Programs (Vermont),” which was published and distributed to the affected communities of rural Vermont in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in 2012. Ryerson is the co-producer of a thirty-two-minute recycling documentary released in both English and Spanish under the titles “We Recycle Here: Waste Transformation in Honduras (2010)” and “Aquí Reciclamos: La Transformación de Desechos en Honduras (2010).” He was recently featured on Randolph-Macon College’s Profiles in Politics series, which spotlights alumni who have used their liberal arts education to launch careers within the federal government.
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