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Ryan Friedrichs serves as Chief Development Officer for the City of Detroit, responsible for the development of public private partnerships between all key Mayoral initiatives and philanthropy. Friedrichs has served as chief executive of several national organizations, most recently leading the civic technology organization State Voices and opening its offices in sixteen states. In 2016 he was named to the Chronicle of Philanthropy's national class of 40 under 40 leaders “solving the problems of today – and tomorrow.”
Friedrichs has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MPP from Harvard University, focused on urban planning and civic engagement. His master’s thesis was one of the first published field studies of the efficacy of youth civic engagement techniques in the United States. Friedrichs is an Afghanistan combat veteran who served as a paratrooper and intelligence and infantry Team Leader in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He also served in 2014 as a Squad Leader in northern Poland with the first US unit deployed in response to the crisis in the Ukraine. Friedrichs lives in Detroit with his wife Jocelyn Benson and one-year old son Aiden.