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New Schools for Baton Rouge’s third Education Ecosystem Summit is an opportunity for the Baton Rouge community to join together on behalf of our city’s children. Together–parents, community leaders, and heads of nonprofits and local businesses–will articulate a vision for Baton Rouge education, celebrate the progress made, and recommit to the work ongoing. We will collaborate around solutions to priority challenges in the short term and surface challenges to solve for over the long term. By coming together, we ensure that the solutions we put in place now and in the future are responsive to the needs of students and families.
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Ryann Denham Sanchez

City Year Baton Rouge
Executive Director

Ryann Denham Sanchez is the Executive Director of City Year Baton Rouge, leading the organization through its strategic growth plan with the goal of providing more tutors and mentors to the students of Baton Rouge who are struggling to get back on track to high school graduation. 

A native of Gonzales, Louisiana, Ryann served as Development Director at City Year Baton Rouge where she worked to advance the site’s fundraising portfolio by deepening City Year’s current partnerships, building dynamic new investments and enhancing the ways in which City Year public and private stakeholders across the community collaborate to further advance the organization to achieve its impact goals. Ryann previously served as the Chief of Staff of City Year Baton Rouge from 2012-2014. As Chief of Staff, she directed City Year Baton Rouge’s operations, finance, and human potential, public policy, and communications work. Prior to City Year Baton Rouge, she served as the Site Operations Manager of City Year New York for two years.

Ryann received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Louisiana State University. While at LSU she served as the Graduate Assistant for Parent and Family Programs and as a Teaching Assistant with Career Services. Ryann serves on the Community Impact Cabinet with Capital Area United Way and is a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge and Southern Women's Leadership Roundtable.