WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 12, 2011) – Stephen M. Ryan, partner and head of the Government Strategies Practice Group at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, has been appointed to the national Board of Directors of Operation HOPE (“HOPE”).
Since 1992, nonprofit Operation HOPE has grown to become the global leader in financial dignity, providing financial literacy and empowerment services to underserved communities worldwide. Through its four principle portfolios: Banking on Our Future, HOPE Coalition America, HOPE Financial Dignity & Literacy Empowerment Centers, and HOPE Corps, the organization addresses youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, bridges the digital divide and promotes home ownership, assists with credit management and foreclosure prevention.
Mr. Ryan, who is the founding Chairman of HOPE’s Mid-Atlantic Board, has been actively working with HOPE in a variety of capacities since March 2000. Most recently, he was responsible for securing a multi-million dollar grant commitment in support of the organization’s work from one of the country’s largest corporations. The grant resolved and modified hundreds of millions of dollars of mortgages for those suffering from the aftermath of the subprime mortgage crisis. Almost $500 million in modified mortgages, and more than130,000 clients and customers have been served through the Mortgage HOPE Crisis Hotline.
“I am greatly honored to be joining Operation HOPE’s national Board of Directors, which has become one of the premier organizations of its kind in the country today under the leadership of my friend Chairman John Hope Bryant,” said Mr. Ryan. “This is a truly great organization that is making an enormous impact in the lives of real people. The work they’re doing to help families stay in their homes is increasingly vital in today’s economy. I look forward to contributing to Operation HOPE’s mission and helping them to expand economic opportunities across the country.”
Based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Mr. Ryan provides lobbying, litigation and counseling services, often for the high-technology community, and companies in highly regulated industries. He has been recognized by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers as being among the top five percent in political law as well as by the Best Lawyers in America as being among the top government relations lawyers. He has a deep commitment to pro bono and has served as the President of the Gonzaga College High School Fathers’ Club. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Theatre Company and chaired the 2011 fundraiser ‘Will on the Hill,’ where Members of Congress appeared on stage.
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