Ryan RippertonI’m a nonprofit executive and a writer. I help nonprofit leaders be more effective in their work, so they’ll have the energy and confidence to change the world.

This is my personal blog about intentional leadership in the nonprofit sector. I focus on intentional leadership, nonprofit management, and personal productivity.

My posts are intended for people like me — nonprofit leaders dedicated to continuous self-improvement. I do not believe I have all the answers. In fact, I’ve never felt I have more to learn than I do right now. I write this blog to clarify my own thinking, hone my skills as a writer, and share the experiences and lessons that have helped me along my way.

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About Me

I’ve been a nonprofit executive director for eleven years, and have worked in the nonprofit sector for over fifteen years.

I was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and majored in music education at the University of North Carolina.

I began my career working for the national headquarters of my college music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and its related charitable foundation, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation, in Evansville, Indiana. Ascending through the ranks over time, I became executive director at the age of 26 and immediately realized that I was going to need to build the skills to be effective in my job. I enrolled in an evening MBA program at the University of Southern Indiana, and completed it in 2008.

In 2010, my family and I moved from Indiana to Richmond, Virginia, when I was named executive director of SPARC, the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. We are a community-based, nonprofit performing arts education organization that profoundly influences the lives of over 2,300 students per year in our diverse performing arts training classes and extensive outreach programs. I also serve as the chair of the resident company association of our community’s performing arts center, on the Board of Directors for Virginians for the Arts, and as a grant panel member for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. I was named one of three 2015 recipients of the Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

I am married to an amazing woman — Danielle — who is also a nonprofit professional. We have two daughters and live in Richmond, Virginia.


I make every effort to offer accurate, common-sense, and ethical advice and information about the nonprofit sector, but I am not an attorney or a CPA. The content on the site is not guaranteed for accuracy and legality, and is not to be construed as legal advice.

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