President, Revive and Restore
Co-founder, President and Executive Director of Revive & Restore, founded in 2012. An entrepreneur active in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds, Ryan founded DNA Direct (medical genetics) and Direct Medical Knowledge (consumer health website).
Ryan Phelan is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Revive & Restore, with a mission to enhance biodiversity through the genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species. Ryan works with some of the world’s leading molecular biologists, conservation biologists, and conservation organizations to envision and develop pioneering genetic rescue projects using cutting-edge genomic technologies to solve seemingly intractable wildlife conservation challenges such as those posed by inbreeding, exotic diseases, climate change, and destructive invasive species. She has organized landmark workshops on genetic rescue bringing together global experts to identify the challenges facing endangered species and identify what genetic tools can be used or designed to help save them from extinction. The Intended Consequences Workshop took place in June of 2020, which led her to the main stage of TED in Monterey 2021 with her TED Talk titled The Intended Consequences of Helping Nature Thrive and the podcast on TED Radio Hour.