Meet Ryan

Ryan Shepard is a proud native of Los Angeles, CA. He’s a graduate of Morehouse College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ryan was a 2011 Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. Ryan spent time professionally at McKinsey & Co., the City of Atlanta and Purpose Built Schools Atlanta.

Most recently, Ryan established US Programs for the Global NGO CARE. In the role, Ryan and team built the organization’s first domestic programming, including a food assistance network that delivered 13-million meals to vulnerable communities across the US during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since summer of 2022, Ryan has been growing an independent consulting business that focuses on strategy, operations and partnership building for mission driven organizations. He is also spending significant time producing a docuseries titled Does This Count as Therapy.

Ryan is passionate about travel and community.

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Business Strategy

Refine your business strategy with keen analytics and highly effective qualitative insights. Ryan has served top clients in business, nonprofit and government engagements.


Drive the best outcomes for your panels, conferences and important conversations. Ryan has facilitated hundreds of hours of conversations and convening.

Network & Connecting

Connect with the people and organisations that are eager to collaborate. Ryan is a bridge builder with a global network that covers many industries and institutions.


Does This Count as Therapy docuseries. Support the project through the Center for Independent Documentaries here. And follow Ryan on instagram for written reflections from the journey.

Ryan is a 35-year old from Los Angeles. To the outside world, he’s an example of tremendous success. But like all of us, Ryan wants to be seen as a full and complex human. Despite the superficial markers of success, he longs for deeper connection to the people who mean the most to him and hopes that strengthening those relationships can become a catalyst for self improvement. Most importantly, he dreams of building a family of his own and sees this chapter as the opportunity to prepare himself for whenever that day comes.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Ryan is inspired to do something creative and impactful. He comes up with the idea that he will complete bucket list activities with close family and friends as a way to explore what it means to be human. Follow the story as Ryan seeks healing and learning in his most intimate relationships. As the journey unfolds, it prompts everyone to ask—does this count as therapy?”

Does This Count as Therapy Blog

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