Ryan Hanlon joined NCFA in August 2017 as Vice President of Education, Research, and Constituent Services, overseeing NCFA’s advocacy efforts at the federal and state level, as well as our various public and professional education programs. He is currently serving as the Acting CEO/President.
Ryan oversees NCFA’s educational projects, including the annual National Adoption Conference for adoption professionals, as well as our in person and online educational programs, training, and resources. He also leads NCFA’s research initiatives and serves as co-editor of NCFA’s monthly Adoption Advocate publication. Additionally, Ryan serves as liaison to NCFA’s child welfare constituency members including adoption service providers and adoption attorneys across the United States. As Vice President, Ryan is engaged in NCFA’s financial operations and strategic vision, alongside president and CEO Chuck Johnson and the NCFA Board of Directors.
Ryan came to NCFA with over thirteen years of experience as an adoption professional. Prior to NCFA, he served as the Executive Director of a Hague-accredited agency that focuses on both domestic and intercountry adoption. Ryan has experience serving as a foster care caseworker as well as with child protective services. In the field of adoption, Ryan has been a speaker at national conferences, and has worked on accreditation issues and state licensing matters.
After receiving his B.A., Ryan went on to earn a MA in Liberal Arts, a MS in Nonprofit Management, as well as a Master of Social Work degree. He earned a PhD in social work from The Catholic University of America. He has served as a social work field instructor and an adjunct professor of social work to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Ryan lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and four children.