Ryan Nishimoto Director, External Affairs
Ryan (he/him/his) joined the Umoja in August 2020 as External Affairs Director.
He is formerly the Development Director for buildOn. Ryan offers 14+ years of combined leadership experience in philanthropy, non-profit management, and programming. In his 9 year tenure at buildOn, he started as a Program Coordinator in the south and west sides of Chicago and then transitioned as a Trek Coordinator after that, successfully leading 13 school building immersive experiences to high school and adult groups in 8 developing countries. For the past 4 years, Ryan has been on the Development Team where he thrived at providing funding for the programs he once led and loves.
Ryan attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a degree in marketing. His favorite time in college was doing Semester at Sea and traveling to 11 countries while circumnavigating the globe on a ship. After graduating, Ryan lived in Thailand, worked in Boston for 5 years at a leadership development program for teens, and took part in a fundraising car race from England to Cameroon before returning to Chicago. Most recently, Ryan started a photography business and moved to Albany Park with his fiancee and partner, Violet. His hobbies include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, photography, travel, and his nieces