Devon Ryan, Communications Manager at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, works to bring knowledge to action by connecting Stanford University researchers and their work with journalists, decision-makers and other key constituents. As a university communications and environmental policy professional, Ryan focuses on the intersection of research, policy, journalism, and public relations to promote environmental research addressing the major challenges of our time. Media coverage of research she has promoted includes outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and many others. Prior to joining the Stanford Woods Institute, Ryan was Government Relations Administrator for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority where she successfully advocated for over $40 million for fuel-efficient Tier IV locomotives from California's AB32 Cap-and-Trade Program to reduce greenhouse gases and improve public transit in Southern California. In Washington, D.C., Ryan served on the Management Team of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, a joint effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and organized over 100 scientists and policymakers from state, tribal and federal agencies across the country to forward an ecosystem-based approach to climate adaptation. Originally from Texas, Ryan was a legislative liaison and information specialist with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which regulates air, water, and waste in the state, where she organized interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, lawyers, and financial analysts to update and communicate agency rules to connect with current legislation. Ryan also hosted public hearings and created communication bridges between the environmental regulatory process and the general public. Whether focusing on climate adaptation, emissions reduction, conservation, or other important environmental topic, communicating effectively across audiences is key to leveraging research and informing decision making.

Current Role at Stanford

Communications Manager, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Education & Certifications

  • MPA, University of Texas - Austin, Environmental Policy (2008)
  • BS, University of Texas - Austin, Communications (2006)
  • BA, University of Texas - Austin, Humanities (2006)