Ryan Stowers is the Executive Director of the Charles Koch Foundation where he partners with entrepreneurs to remove the biggest barriers holding people back from reaching their potential. Since joining 18 years ago, Ryan has led the growth in the Foundation’s grantmaking from a handful of partnerships to several hundred with some of the most innovative organizations working to transform education. Ryan earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University, where he now serves on the national advisory board for the John M. Huntsman School of Business. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors for both the Bill of Rights Institute, and the Institute for Humane Studies. A passionate volunteer in his local community, Ryan and his wife, Rebecca, and their four children reside in northern Utah.