Liz is a juvenile justice consultant and organizer with more than two decades of experience. She is the founder and former President/CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ), an organization dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating children in the adult criminal justice system. In her capacity at CFYJ, Liz was responsible for overall strategy, management and fundraising. Liz also previously served on the steering committee of the National Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Coalition.
Prior to starting The Campaign for Youth Justice, Ms. Ryan served for five years as the Advocacy Director for the Youth Law Center's Building Blocks for Youth Initiative, a project to reduce the over-incarceration and disparate treatment of children of color in the juvenile justice system. Ms. Ryan previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper during his terms as Delaware's Governor and member of the US House of Representatives. She also served as a lobbyist for the Children's Defense Fund. Ms. Ryan is a former VISTA volunteer. Ms. Ryan holds a BA from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) and an MA from The George Washington University (Washington, DC).