WASHINGTON—Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has hired Ryan Chao, currently the vice president of the Center for Civic Sites and Community Change at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will become the organization’s third president. Chao will join RTC on Jan. 28.
“The board is incredibly enthusiastic about the rich perspective that Ryan will bring to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the entire trails movement,” said Kate Kraft, RTC’s board chair and executive director of America Walks. “At RTC, we have long believed in the power of trails — especially connected trail networks — to deliver far-reaching benefits to communities. Ryan’s leadership will be powerful in engaging new sectors in the work to connect the nation by trail.”
As vice president of the Center for Civic Sites and Community Change, Chao oversaw the Casey Foundation’s multisector place-based strategies. Two projects of note for the trails movement include significant neighborhood transformation initiatives in Atlanta and Baltimore intended to link economic, educational and housing programs with outcomes focused on strengthening families and communities — communities that are also home to emerging trail networks, the Atlanta Beltline and the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network, an RTC TrailNation project.
Chao said, “Across the spectrum of my work in community change, …read more