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Ryan Elizabeth Allman Passionate and empathetic design researcher, digital strategist and policy advisor with over seven years of experience designing innovative tools and projects to ensure global policies are grounded in the experiences of those most affected. Multi-dimensional creative problem-solver passionate about the the power of storytelling and innovation to bring about change. Teamplayer who thrives in in diverse, mission-driven environments.





Oct. 2012 - Aug. 2013

• Researcher on Adolescent Girl Combatant Reintegration study to inform public policy related to government-run reintegration programs funded by the International Organization for Migration and the Nike Foundation: developed research tools and defined research variables; conducted one-on-one field interviews with former female child soldiers; analyzed research findings; drafted final publication, managed project translations and reports for Mercy Corps headquarters. • Supervisor on Collective Reparations for Afro-Colombian Children and Women research project in coordination with the Colombian Government's Victims Unit, to inform the implementation of reparations for the Colombian civil war. Supported team of academic thought leaders in development of qualitative and quantitative research tools. Managed logistics for development and implementation of the project in Choco, Colombia. Team leader for four day on-site surveyor training program for fifty local community leaders. Supervised field data collection, coordination of surveyors and quality control.


Nov. 2013 - Present

Independent Diplomat (ID), a non-profit diplomatic advisory group, disrupts diplomacy by applying a design thinking approach to international politics to ensure policy serves its beneficiaries and is just and sustainable.

UN Officer and Digital Strategist

June 2016 - Present

• Researched, designed and launched ID’s refugee project. Directed the pilot program and created the Network for Refugee Voices, a network of refugees working to influence global refugee policy. Lead refugee client relationship management; advise client on political strategy; manage and coordinate clients' strategic communications and branding; direct project related research; draft letters, talking points, background briefings, press statements and op-eds, funding reports and project grant applications. • Manage partnership with UNHCR to replicate ID's refugee project concept to create and launch the Refugee Coalition for Europe. • Co-designed and lead ID’s Darfur Women project.

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Jan. 2015 - May 2016

• Advised Executive Director, Carne Ross, on new client development, strategic partnerships, employee retention and organizational growth initiatives to help grow ID by 25% over two years. • Designed and launched ID's institutional and client-facing social and media analytics processes.

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Occidental College May 2012, Cum Laude B.A. Diplomacy and World Affairs, Distinction B.A. Spanish, Distinction Thesis: Rise, Revolt, Retweet: A Study of New Media, Transnational Social Movements, and Gender and Human Rights IDEO Design Kit: the Course for Human-Centered Design (2015) Gotham Writers Poetry Writing (2016)


Fulbright Fellow, Colombia U.S. State Department (2012) Young Fund Research Grantee Occidental College (2011)


Research, Writing, Strategic Communications, Political Analysis Client Management, Project Management, Social Media & Analytics, Website Design


Microsoft Office, Weebly, Wordpress, Constant Contact, Meltwater, Atlassian, Teamwork, Salesforce, Slack


English (Native), Spanish (Fluent)

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