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Ryan Hanlon

President and CEO

Ryan Hanlon joined NCFA in August 2017 as Vice President of Education, Research, and Constituent Services, overseeing NCFA’s advocacy efforts at the federal level, as well as our various public and professional education programs. He was named President and CEO in May 2022.

In the field of adoption, Ryan has been a speaker at national and international conferences, has worked on accreditation issues, state licensing matters, and adoption-related policy topics. Passionate about research and education, Ryan seeks to ensure that all those impacted by adoption have the resources and support they need to thrive in their families and communities.

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.

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’s degree and Ph.D. in social work. He has served as a social work field instructor and an adjunct professor of social work to both undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

Ryan lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and their four children.

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