StriveTogether Recognizes All Hands Raised CEO with National Award

Posted on October 17, 2014 in Press Releases

StriveTogether just released the following:

StriveTogether presented its 2014 Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion Award to Dan Ryan, CEO of All Hands Raised, the ‘backbone’ organization for the All Hands Raised Partnership in Multnomah County, at the StriveTogether National Cradle to Career Convening today.

“We are here to wrap ourselves around the schools. We are here to love these kids,” Ryan said during the award presentation. “We are not here to be know-it-alls. We are here to keep people at the table. It’s about ‘we,’ not the ‘us.’ I accept this for all the great people in Portland and Multnomah County.”

The award remembers Bill Henningsgaard for his work with Eastside Pathways, a StriveTogeher Cradle to Career Network partnership in Bellevue, Washington. Henningsgaard, who died in 2013, advocated tirelessly for kids, rallying community partners to support every child throughout their education. The award is presented to an individual who embodies the passion, commitment and persistence in this work, as Henningsgaard modeled every day throughout his life.

“Dan has exemplified what it means to work every single day to bring people of all backgrounds, sectors, and expertise together around shared results,” StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson said. “As a result, he is a national leader for all those looking to transform how we serve children each and every day from cradle to career.”

Because of proximity, Ryan and Henningsgaard had the opportunity to work together as part of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, sharing ideas, challenges, lessons learned and their passion for helping more kids achieve their full potential.

“(Dan’s) leadership, humility, transparency and commitment to equity are clear in all he does,” said All Hands Raised VP Communication Jeanie-Marie Price, who nominated Ryan for the award. “Dan led the initiative of realigning the organization to take on the bold work to ensure that all children grow into education, independent adults who positively contribute to our community.”

Ryan joined All Hands Raised in 2008 as CEO, and under his leadership the organization has helped align more than 300 community partners and resources around practices, expectations and behaviors to improve outcomes for all kids in Multnomah County. Prior to All Hands Raised, Ryan worked in the arts, higher education and healthcare. He now serves on the advisory boards of Wells Fargo, the Portland Trail Blazers, Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education, and the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Service System Coordinating Council. In 2011, Ryan was named one of Portland Monthly Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Portlanders.

See the press release here.


StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, works with communities nationwide to help them create a civic infrastructure that unites stakeholders around shared goals, measures and results in education, supporting the success of every child, cradle to career. Communities implementing the StriveTogether framework have seen dramatic improvements in kindergarten readiness, standardized test results, and college retention. For more information about StriveTogether, visit