Ryan Haygood is a nationally-respected civil rights lawyer. He became the third president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in 2015. Ryan leverages his national legal expertise to advance the Institute’s work in empowering New Jersey’s urban communities where residents are connected to full-time, meaningful jobs, have access to affordable housing, credit, and the democratic process, and are treated fairly by the criminal justice system. A passionate advocate, Ryan speaks and writes regularly on issues concerning race, law, social justice, and democracy.
He is frequently interviewed by media outlets, including: the Star Ledger, WBGO, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, and the New York Times. Prior to joining LDF, Ryan was a litigation associate in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, and was a recipient of the prestigious LDF/Fried Frank Fellowship. At Fried, Frank, Ryan represented clients in a variety of complex commercial and civil rights matters before federal courts.