"As we noted back in April, Ryan's three-plus decades of proven advocacy work in the nonprofit realm speaks for itself. He builds bridges. He forms coalitions.
And that's a skill set needed on the Portland City Council more than ever, especially with Fish's presence being sorely missed. For that reason, we recommend voters give Dan Ryan their support in the Aug. 11 election."
"We’re endorsing Ryan for what appears to be a genuine intent to use the community’s input to inform his decisions, whether that’s around public-led police reform or financial support for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. His work at All Hands Raised reflects his commitment to equity (City Hall’s favorite new buzzword) and ability to respond to the actual needs of a community—even if deep-pocketed donors may disagree."
"Ryan, the longtime leader of educational nonprofit All Hands Raised, emphasizes his track record in building coalitions to achieve a common goal. He led the organization as it evolved from a foundation for Portland Public Schools into a nonprofit with a broader, county-focused vision that aimed to narrow the gap in student performance between white students and students of color. Among the initiatives that he oversaw was “Ninth Grade Counts,” a summer program for incoming ninth-graders that aims to smooth the transition to high school and set them up for a successful year – a key indicator for high school graduation."
"Ryan...has a track record of overcoming adversity and building relationships. He would become the second openly LGBTQ+ commissioner to serve on the City Council and the first openly HIV-positive person to represent the city. He has demonstrated an ability to gather people who disagree and assist them in reaching consensus. Those are qualities the city needs right now."
With the majority of Pride events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what concerns do you have for LGBTQ visibility in Portland and across the nation?
We must continue to prioritize Public Health as we work through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Think of all the events cancelled in February (Black History Month) and March (Women’s History Month) to help limit the virus from spreading—we’ve all had to adapt to the current reality, and so will Pride 2020. From my perspective, a large part of the Gay Rights Movement is based on amplifying the joy of loving who you are naturally meant to love, to love who you are, and to celebrate that universal right.
"Ryan...defies expectations as an HIV-positive gay man who has long fought for better educational opportunities for students of color. He is the former CEO of All Hand Raised, a nonprofit advocacy organization with a focus on racial equity in Portland-area school districts. Under his leadership, it pushed to close the achievement gap and ensure equity in school discipline."
Dan Ryan reflects on the similarities between the HIV/Aids crisis and Covid19, including a lack of adequate testing, discrimination against people who contracted the virus, disinformation, and a worldview awareness that viruses can be deadly. Ryan also says the experience deepened him as a human being and set him on a path of deep spiritual exploration.
Watch the one-on-one interview with Portland City Council position 2 candidate Dan Ryan
We have seen enough of wedge politics in Port - land; Ryan is the kind of coalition builder who can bring the city’s splintered sectors together. In a sea of candidates striving to sound bold and capable, he stands out for a self-assuredness that needs no ego trips. He has found his home, and his hometown needs him on council.
"He prodded the county's disparate school districts to make their offerings more equitable and juggled the egos of the corporate executives who funded his organization, building a reputation as one who can tell his friends hard truths... Like Fish, he is a bridge builder."
Dan Ryan for Portland City Council Position #2
Dan has a broad vision, prioritizing affordable housing, homelessness, mental health issues, in addition to public safety. His greatest appeal is his expertise connecting issues where they overlap and building coalitions to solve these complex problem.
When we asked whether this is the time to reform Portland's notoriously and often hilariously dysfunctional governance system, most of the candidates we spoke to hemmed and hawed, and said, perhaps, it should be studied. Ryan rolled his eyes. "Oh, Yes. I mean, Keep Portland Weird but we have to stop being stupid."