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Ryan Nuckel

Major Gifts Officer

Ryan has nearly a decade of experience helping non-profit organizations scale up their fundraising efforts.

Prior to joining Riverkeeper, Ryan was the founding Executive Director of the Heliotrope Foundation, a non-profit organization that uses the arts to create economic opportunity. Previously, Ryan was Senior Director for Development at Transportation Alternatives, a New York City non-profit organization that advocates for safe streets and accessible, equitable transportation.

In 2005, Ryan started the New York City ghost bike project and established ghostbikes.org to promote and document the subsequent spread of these simple public memorials to over 200 cities across the world. He lives in the Bronx with his wife and two sons.

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