William Ryan

William P. Ryan, Ph.D., is a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations, and a research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. His work focuses on nonprofit organizational capacity, primarily among human service organizations. In his research he has explored how several forces—including nonprofit access to capital, foundation grantmaking practices, competition with for-profit firms, and nonprofit governance—shape the capacity of nonprofits to deliver on their missions.


Before beginning his consulting practice in 1993, he worked in urban planning for nonprofit and government agencies in New York City. Ryan is co-author of the groundbreaking book Governance as Leadership: Reframing Nonprofit Boards.