Ryan Zamarripa is an adjunct lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work and concurrently serves at the U.S. Economic Development Administration, where he manages grants under the Build Back Better Regional Challenge and contributes to dismantling long-standing barriers to economic prosperity faced by marginalized communities across the country. He previously worked on the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a Biden Administration political appointee in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the White House, and in various policy roles in think tanks. His experience spans local, state, and federal agencies and touches on a wide range of issue areas.
Ryan has extensive experience as an educator, having served as a mathematics teacher in Tanzania with the Peace Corps and as an English teacher through the Colombia Ministry of Education. He holds bachelor's degrees in both mathematics and economics from Tulane University and a master's degree in economics from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In 2023, he completed the Columbia University School of Social Work Institute on Pedagogy and Online Learning. A Los Angeles native, he currently resides in Washington, D.C.