Posted by: Academy of Achievement | 01/29/2015

shepardRyan Shepard, Class of 2011
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellow, Office of the Mayor of Atlanta

In the Spring of 2010, while enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I was a Reynolds Fellow at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership.

To my great fortune, my Reynolds Fellowship year offered exposure to issues that directly impact education, and to many great leaders who work tirelessly for progress. Among the most formative experiences during my fellowship year was a sponsored excursion to the Mississippi Delta region. Our group saw firsthand the confluence of challenges in economic, healthcare and education outcomes that are largely rooted in historic inequality. As we met citizens and leaders in the area, we also witnessed the possibilities to transform a community that is courageous enough to rally around faith, collaboration, and the pursuit of lofty ideals.

After completing my Ed.M, in 2011, I joined McKinsey & Co. as a management consultant in their Atlanta office. In February of 2013, I joined the office of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed as an internal consultant and Senior Project Officer with the FOR Atlanta team. My team focuses on initiatives that promote the Mayor’s priorities of youth development, fiscal stability, public safety, customer service, infrastructure, and economic development. We aim to influence the Mayor’s agenda by providing results that are informed by robust analytics across city departments, and driven by collaboration between stakeholder groups.

The relationships and experiences that I gained during my time as a Reynolds Fellow are indeed priceless. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity and look forward to furthering the great legacy of service that Catherine and Wayne Reynolds so generously celebrate.



Ryan Shepard’s latest venture is The Human Capital Theory (HCT), a social impact movement that helps local businesses and organizations reach their goals, while challenging them to cultivate talent from communities most in need of economic development. HCT Press Release.Atlanta

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