Clifton has been the leader of the CDF Freedom Schools® movement in Indianapolis since 2014. He fell in love with this program model while attending a Children's Defense Fund national conference and was committed to bringing it to his home city, so that all Hoosier families would have the opportunity to experience this life-changing summer experience.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from Indiana University, and two Masters of Arts degrees from Ball State University in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education and Executive Development for Public Service.
Director of Program Operations
Ryan is foremost a husband and father. As the Director of Program Operations, he works in conjunction with the Executive Director to manage operations for the CDF Freedom Schools sites. Ryan began his journey with the CDF Freedom Schools program at The Ohio State University in 2014 where he was a Servant Leader Intern (SLI) at the Circleville Correctional Facility site. Since then, he has been an SLI in Chicago and Site Coordinator in Indianapolis.
Ryan began his professional career in education as a science teacher and now works with Teach For America to recruit and develop new teachers to Indianapolis.