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Ryan McElveen

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Ryan is the associate director of the Brookings Institution John L. Thornton China Center, where he serves as its senior administrator, coordinates with the Brookings-Tsinghua Center at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and conducts research on Chinese politics and society and U.S. foreign policy. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and his writing has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, CNN Opinions, and elsewhere.

In addition to his think-tank work, Ryan’s experience spans the public- and private-sectors, NGOs and academia. He has worked for the International Operations and Policy office of the Boeing Company, The Clinton Foundation and The Clinton Global Initiative, Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute, The China Institute, the University of Virginia Center in Shanghai, and Senator Carl Levin on the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

On the School Board, Ryan has prioritized providing fresh and healthy food for students, internationalizing the curriculum, improving the board’s legislative advocacy, and increasing outreach to students and alumni.

Ryan holds a Master of International Affairs in human rights from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and East Asian studies from the University of Virginia. He is an FCPS graduate and was president of the Marshall High School Class of 2004. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and conversational Korean.

His board service began in January 2012.


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