Staff Bio: Ryan Hurst

Ryan Hurst (He, Him, His) is the Senior Major Gifts and Events Officer for The National LGBTQ Task Force. Most recently, Ryan served as the Interim Executive Director of Forward Florida Action, a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to build the power of everyday Floridians through voter registration and engagement. Ryan had worked with Forward Florida Action since its inception and served in the role of Director of Programs where he helped develop the organization’s voter registration program and managed relations with its statewide coalition of partners and grantees.

Prior to working with Forward Florida Action, Ryan was a Major Gifts Development Officer with the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University. In this capacity, Ryan worked with alumni, parents, and friends of the college to raise private funds to enhance student education with programs and experiences outside of the classroom.

Ryan has worked in progressive politics for over a decade in the nonprofit sector. He managed programs for People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network and Front Line Leaders Academy. He also served as a Development Officer in South Florida with the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Ryan began organizing as a student at Florida State University where he worked to register voters and advocate for LGBTQ marriage equality and other issues. He also took time off from FSU to work on his first campaign as a Field Organizer for the Obama/Biden Campaign in the Florida counties of Columbia, Hamilton, and Suwannee.

Ryan is a graduate of the Florida State University. He’s an alumnus of People For the American Way Foundation’s Front Line Leaders Academy and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute’s Candidate and Campaign Training.

Ryan was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is an avid Golden Girls fan. He enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and learning about/tasting wine.

Ryan Hurst
Senior Major Gifts and Events Officer