Ryan Hill is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KIPP New Jersey and Miami, a non-profit, public charter school organization that serves nearly 10,000 students in 23 schools in Newark and Camden, New Jersey, and Miami, Florida. KIPP New Jersey and Miami is part of the national KIPP Network of Schools, which creates joyful, academically excellent schools to over 150,000 students in underserved communities across the country.
Ryan was the founding principal of the first KIPP school in New Jersey, KIPP TEAM Academy, in 2002. Prior to that, he taught in a public district school in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, as part of the Teach For America program. Over the years, the schools he manages have helped their alumni more than triple the college graduation rate of their neighborhood schools, and KIPP New Jersey’s high school, Newark Collegiate Academy, sends more African American graduates on to college than any other school in Newark.
Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master’s in Education Leadership from National-Louis University. He is also an alumnus of Teach For America, the Broad Superintendent’s Academy, the Pahara Fellowship, and KIPP’s Fisher Fellowship program. Ryan and his wife, Joanne, have two children of their own, aged eleven and nine, and live in New Jersey.