Emily Ryan

Director, The Commons
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Emily Ryan (she/her/hers) is the Director of The Commons. She works with faculty/staff/students at KU to launch and explore ideas; address challenging issues; and create opportunities for meeting people across specializations. She works with individuals to create customized formats for programs, some nontraditional, to achieve each event’s unique goals. 

Outside of work, Emily manages a small-scale vegetable farm, through the City of Lawrence Common Ground Program. She is passionate about food access and converting green space into food production for humans an pollinators, and is grateful to be learning from the land and its nonhuman occupants.