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Angela Ryan

Program Success Manager & Career Coach


Angela is a Program Success Manager and Career Coach at Merit America. A lifelong learner, Angela is passionate about connecting talent to opportunities that create positive impact for our society.  She comes to Merit America from On-Ramps, an executive search and consulting firm that serves the social sector. There, she led portfolios of engagements nationally and internationally across diverse industries, organizational functions, and issue areas including workforce and economic development, education, and social justice. 

Before joining On-Ramps, she served as a Talent Recruitment Strategist with Uplift Education, a charter school network in Dallas-Fort Worth. She began her career as a Teach For America Corps Member in the Dallas region where she taught middle school science.

Angela holds a BS in Neuroscience and Religion from Bucknell University and an M.Ed. from Southern Methodist University. 

My Best Learning Experience
I studied both neuroscience and religion during college to learn about intersecting perspectives on the human experience. This helped me gain an appreciation for how people can approach questions and problems with very different approaches yet equal effectiveness. 

More recent examples of great learning experiences include creating project-based biology labs for middle schoolers on a working farm and learning new industries so I could find leadership talent to drive them forward. The combination of serving others, practical application, and intellectual engagement have contributed to my most meaningful and “sticky,” learning experiences.