The Catholic University of America

Jan. 16, 2009

CUA Alumnus Named President and CEO of Covenant House

Kevin M. Ryan

CUA alumnus Kevin M. Ryan has been appointed the new president and CEO of Covenant House, the largest privately funded nonprofit agency in North and Central America helping homeless youth.

Ryan, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in politics from CUA in 1989, received a Young Alumni Merit Award from the university in 2003.

When he assumes his new position in February, Ryan will be responsible for the management and planning of 21 Covenant House sites in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. The agency provides shelter and other services to homeless, runaway and abandoned youth.

Ryan has a long career as a youth advocate. He most recently helped launch the first office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria, aimed at eradicating deaths due the disease that kills more than one million African children each year. Since March he also has been monitoring efforts in Michigan to reform the state's child welfare system.

He has held various government positions in the state of New Jersey, including commissioner of the state's Department of Children and Families. As commissioner, he led a reform of the state's child welfare system from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, he monitored and enhanced accountability within government agencies that serve children as the state's first Child Advocate from 2003 to 2006.

From 1992 to 2002, Ryan was an advocate and counsel to homeless youth for Covenant House locations in New York and New Jersey. He earned a law degree from Georgetown University in 1992 and a Master of Law from New York University in 2000.

"Covenant House staff and donors all across the world have been moved by kids' suffering and become icons of God's love in the world," said Ryan in a press release issued by the nonprofit agency. "I'm coming home to Covenant House to rejoin their ranks and lead their fight against those who hurt our kids, especially those who exploit them and traffic them and throw them away."