Ryan Whalen is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Implementation, leading state and local coordination for the Inflation Reduction Act. Ryan joined the Biden-Harris Administration from Bloomberg Philanthropies, where he launched the Local Infrastructure Hub, a national platform that has empowered more than 1,200 communities across the country to leverage the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, and also co-led the American Cities Climate Challenge.
Previously, Ryan was Managing Director for Policy and Advocacy at The Rockefeller Foundation, supporting resilience and economic opportunity programs around the world. He served New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications, and before that was Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Senator Charles Schumer. He has also worked on a number of local and national political campaigns. A native of Boston, Ryan received his B.A. from Trinity College and his Master of Urban Planning from New York University.