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Dr. Tom Ryan

Venture Partner, Education


Dr. Tom Ryan is a Venture Partner in the Education Practice of RIDGE-LANE LP.

Dr. Ryan currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the eLearn Institute, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to transforming education through the effective use of digital learning tools.  Its mission is to empower schools to design, develop, and implement quality digital programs that transform the education process for all learners.

Tom retired from Albuquerque Public Schools after serving for 31 years in public education as a teacher, high school principal and the last 11-years a Chief Information Officer (CIO).  As CIO he was responsible for both instructional and information technology.  He helped lead the creation of the district’s first blended and online school that has received national recognition.

He has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Learning Technologies from New Mexico State University.  Dr. Ryan is a national board member of the Consortium of School Network (CoSN) and a Senior Fellow with the Center for Digital Education.

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