Ryan Scherzinger is a planner and an experienced program and project manager in the nonprofit sector with an extensive background in providing resources to spur community-driven action in partnership with governments, CBOs, businesses, foundations, and academic institutions. He joined CNT in February 2023. Prior, he worked for 13 years at the American Planning Association (APA) in both their Washington, DC and Chicago offices. In various roles, he helped organize and manage a variety of programs and special projects, including community planning workshops, grant-funded research, symposia and lecture series, study tours, international initiatives, allied outreach and coalitions, award juries, and interactive public exhibits. He also helped create, then manage and grow APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams program whereby he recruited and worked with multidisciplinary teams of volunteer experts to engage local stakeholders and create focused plans and implementation strategies for specific challenges in low-capacity and underserved communities around the U.S. and abroad.
Ryan is also a woodworker, music fan and maker, and appreciates opportunities to explore and learn about new places, near and far. He is an AICP certified planner and holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Louisville and a master’s in public anthropology from American University.