Stephen Ryan, the leader of the government strategies practice group at McDermott Will & Emery, received an appointment to the national board of directors for a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that aims to improve economic opportunity in poor communities.
Ryan, a Washington-based McDermott partner, began his involvement with the group, Operation HOPE, in 2000. He is the founding chairman of HOPE's Mid-Atlantic board.
The McDermott partner said he is looking forward to helping the organization continue its work to provide financial literacy and economic empowerment services to underserved neighborhoods.
“Anything I can do to drive that would be wonderful,” Ryan said.
Ryan has helped the group with fund raising, operations, strategy and legal matters on a pro bono basis. He most recently obtained from CIT Group Inc. a multi-million dollar grant commitment to help individuals hit by the subprime mortgage crisis.