Ryan Mace is the Senior Policy Advisor for Civil and Political Rights at American Jewish World Service (AJWS). He is responsible for the strategy development and implementation of government advocacy initiatives related to AJWS’s civil and political rights portfolio. Prior to joining AJWS, Ryan worked as a senior policy advisor at Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). There, Ryan worked to mobilize constituent pressure to advance AIUSA’s major advocacy initiatives, including leading their national lobby initiatives, working on AIUSA’s end gun violence campaign, and lobbying Congress to protect and advance the rights of refugees and displaced populations around the world. Before AIUSA, Ryan worked for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service as their lead Refugee Advocacy Officer, working to increase U.S. support for refugee resettlement. Ryan started his career working for U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA) for six years in her Washington, D.C. office, where he focused on immigration, refugee, LGBTQI, and foreign policy, and in her Seattle office as the immigration caseworker, handling refugee and immigration cases statewide.
Ryan received his B.A. from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.