Ryan Smith

Project Development Manager

Ryan Smith is the Project Development Manager at the Great Lakes Protection Fund. Ryan leads and is responsible for identifying high-potential projects and teams for the Fund to support. He is the main point of contact for new people and ideas, and he provides guidance to teams who are proposing regionally impactful projects.

Most recently Ryan was a Senior Program Lead at the Delta Institute where he led and fostered new projects and partnerships, particularly around green infrastructure, agriculture, conservation finance, watershed prioritization, and environmental markets. Before Delta, Ryan worked for the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District in Southwest Ohio for over 13 years implementing best management practices in the agriculture and urban arena.

Ryan holds a Bachelor’s in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wright State University and is a Certified Conservation Planner.