Meet Ryan Rastegar
August 26, 2011 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in People, Staff Profiles

Ryan is the campaign coordinator for Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation and National Audubon Society’s joint Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign. He is responsible for fostering internal communication and coordination within the campaign. He also heads up various aspects of the campaign’s external communications strategy including social media outreach as well as managing the campaign’s website. Ryan, along with the campaign director and field director, comprise the coalition’s central coordination team.

Ryan’s previous experience lies in field organizing. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008, he was accepted into and completed Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing. During his time with Green Corps, Ryan worked on a multitude of campaigns–from mobilizing community leaders to support a solar incentives bill in Texas–to running a successful state-wide campaign allowing public schools to purchase milk free of the artificial growth hormone rBGH. Ryan most recently worked as an organizer with Food & Water Watch on a ballot initiative campaign to improve livestock care standards within the farming industry.

“I’m excited to be working on this campaign primarily for the opportunity to empower those disenfranchised individuals who have had their homeland and communities swept away by forces beyond their control," says Ryan. "By working to restore the Mississippi River Delta, we’re not only saving one of the nation’s most important and pristine environmental ecosystems, we’re also having a direct impact on the lives of those living in that region.”

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