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2011 Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, Arkansas Master of Public Service The Clinton School offers the nation's first Master of Public Service degree which stresses academics for practical application by integrating students public service practice at the individual, group and international levels with a curriculum focused on equitable and lasting social change. Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington Bachelors of Arts Degree Major: Sociology, Major: Public Relations, Minor: Philosophy, Minor: Political Science Senior thesis was entitled How Homophobia Affects Straight People exploring the use of homophobia as a reinforcement of masculine behaviors throughout the US. Semester at Sea, World-wide/ Mediterranean Global, Comparative Academic & Cultural Immersive Experience While traveling to over 14 countries around the world, conducted research and wrote major paper on crosscultural comparisons of hyper-masculinity. /Traveled to 8 countries around Mediterranean examining LGBT culture and life. Gonzaga in Florence, Florence, Italy Academic Cultural Immersion Participated in a cultural immersion program that allowed me to live in Florence, Italy for 6 weeks during the summer while traveling throughout Italy and the surrounding countries.


2007, 2011


2012- Present Futures Group Washington, DC Health Policy Program Intern Conducted best practice research surrounding advocacy strategies related to HIV/AIDS amongst gender and sexual minorities throughout the continent of Africa. Assisted in the development of the MSM Advocacy Decision Model geared towards advocates around the world. 2011-Present International Day Against Homophobia Paris, France Communications, Outreach, and Mobilization Officer Built strategic relationships with key stakeholders representing 90 countries around the world. Developed and managed 2011 IDAHO international initiative, the As I Am campaign. Maintained website information and social networking elements regarding country participation in IDAHO. Assisted in drafting final IDAHO 2011 report. Worked remotely from US. 2010-2011 Unitarian Universalist - United Nations Office New York City, New York Clinton Fellow/LGBT Programs Conducted needs assessment of faith-based NGOs measuring levels of advocacy for LGBT human rights alongside an asset map of LGBT resources matching advocacy needs. Convened over sixty pro-LGBT faith leaders to identify ways of countering religious exportation of homophobia to East Africa concluding in major report. Analyzed communication strategies identifying trends to constituents. Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), Nairobi, Kenya Consultant Produced My Way, Your Way or The Right Way human rights training and accompanying educational materials, including a train the trainer experience surrounding Yogyakarta Principles. Trained LGBTI populations with training, evaluated progress, and adapted into sustainable program for GALCK. Center for Artistic Revolution, Little Rock, Arkansas Programs Coordinator Developed comprehensive curriculum for disenfranchised youth, facilitated meetings, managed conflict. Identified strategic plan with organization, conducted focus groups, surveys, and best practice research. Odyssey LGBT Youth Center, Spokane, Washington Communications Internship Directed public relations plan and strategic development for Safe Schools for All initiative including media relations, campaign development and implementation, communications analysis. Matthew Shepard Foundation, Denver, Colorado Communications Internship Created online resource listing of drop in centers for LGBT youth. Produced online ad materials, worked with strategic planning team to assist in website development, created and produced podcast radio show targeting disenfranchised youth collecting interviews from major stakeholders within US LGBT movement. Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas Odyssey LGBT Youth Center, Spokane, Washington National Coalition Building Institute, Gonzaga University Gonzaga U. Student Activities, Gonzaga University Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando Florida Consultant Communications Internship Ally Project Program Coordinator Kaleidoscope Project Program Coordinator College Program Internship





Other Professional Experience

2009-2010 2006 2004-2005 2003-2004 2003

2010 2008 2008 CGIU Outstanding Commitment Award at 2010 annual meeting Clinton Global Initiative University Named 20 Young People Under 30 Doing Kick-Ass Work in the Inland Northwest Inlander Newspaper Inaugural student recipient of the Bill Wassmuth Giraffe Award Gonzaga University
Portfolio available upon request

ryan.olson15@gmail.com (303) 587-8126 2008 Awarded the Ellison Executive Inclusive Community Building Advocate for Change Gonzaga University 2006 Named Future Gay Hero by nations longest running LGBT publication The Advocate Magazine 2006 First ever recipient of the Making a Difference Award Matthew Shepard Foundation


Present Present Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment Mentor Provide guidance, mentorship and resources to CGIU members making commitments to better their communities and communities around the world through an LGBTI lens. International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Advisory Board Member Serve as an advisory board member to the IDAHO committee to assist in identifying strategies for their global action held in over 90+ countries.

2008-Present A Hand in Health, Serekunda, The Gambia, Africa Photographer/Videographer/Participant/Board Member Volunteered on a medical mission to the Bwiam Village in The Gambia, Africa. Assisted in collection of statistical data as related to dental health, established community relationships with villagers. As board member, identified strategic plan for sustainable solutions to poor dental care in West Africa along with building support for partner organization Books for Africa raising funds and textbooks to address need for medical textbooks for Serekunda Hospital. 2009-2010 Center for Artistic Revolution, Little Rock, Arkansas Board Member Assisted in revision of our strategic plan, produced project plans and reports, helped with fundraising for statewide organization seeking to revamp their level of impact in local and state policy directives. Matthew Shepard Foundation, Denver, Colorado Youth Advisory Council Member First member inducted into the MSF national Youth Advisory Council (2 years); Produced radio shows geared towards young people through creation of the Youth First Podcast radio show hosted by MSF. Soul Force Right To Serve Campaign, Spokane, Washington Regional Community Organizer Trained by national movement leaders on campaign strategies. Directed local volunteers in demonstration supporting rights of LGBT military service members. Worked with local media and news outlets to publicize national campaign Right to Serve, HERO: A Gay Straight Alliance, Gonzaga University Executive Board- President Increased participation in gay-straight alliance by 900%, raised level of awareness on private Jesuit school campus and recognized nationally for collaborative efforts, raised thousands of dollars to send 14 students to over 7 conferences, dealt with national PR crisis pertaining to gay slur representing peers, school and group.




Other Public Service/Social Justice Experience

2010 2009 2006 2004- 2006 Clinton Global Initiative, New York, NY Volunteer UWEC Civil Rights Pilgrimage, Deep South, USA Pilgrimage Participant Gonzaga University Ministries- SEARCH Religious Retreat, Gonzaga UniversityFront Crew Spiritual Leader Gonzaga Student Body Association, Gonzaga University Student Senator


2011 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2004
Panel Discussion on LGBT/SOGI Human Rights at the UN, Moderator New York, NY NYC New School Presentation on Kenyan LGBT Human Rights Movement w/ David Kuria, Speaker New York, NY Yogyakarta Principles Trainings, Trainer Kissumu/Nairobi/Mombasa, Kenya How Homophobia Affects Straight People NGLTF Creating Change Workshop, Facilitator Dallas, TX How far weve come and where we are going presentation on Civil Rights in America Moderator Little Rock, AR Knowing the Shepards: A firsthand account of the family behind The Laramie Project Speaker Boston, MA NCBI Training on Healing our Community, Trainer Spokane, WA


2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 NGLTF Creating Change conference, Participant AmFAR Consultation on MSM Human Rights and HIV Prevention, Consultant US State Department consultation on LGBTI Human Rights in Africa, Participant UN Faith Based NGO Consultation on Homophobia in Eastern Africa, Organizer NGLTF Believe Out Loud conference, Participant Clinton Global Initiative University, Commitment Participant NGLTF Creating Change conference, Participant/ Presenter
Portfolio available upon request

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