Profile: Ryan Sanders
Ryan Sanders is currently the PA Deputy State Director for the Republican National Committee. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and resides in Harrisburg, Pa. He studied at Eastern University and received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management. Sanders received his start in business development at UPS Inc. He managed several territories in Central Pa. and specialized in Supply Chain Management and International Logistics for over eight years.
Sanders has served as the Vice President of Economic Development and Government Relations with the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA. There he engaged with local African American businesses and potential startups to provide resources and bi-partisan access to local and state government officials.
In 2014, Sanders was chosen to lead the “RNC-365 Victory” yearlong efforts in Pennsylvania and was appointed by PA GOP Chairman, Rob Gleason, as the African American Inclusion Director for the PA GOP. While in this position, Sanders worked on various campaigns in urban areas and successfully helped to elect State Representative Harry Lewis Jr. –(R) from Coatesville, Pa. That year, Sanders also worked with Senator Bill Cassidy to help unseat six-term elected Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana in the 2014 runoff election.
State Representative Harry Lewis Jr. and Ryan Sanders founded the Frederick Douglass Inclusion Council (FDIC) on “Juneteenth.” Juneteenth” is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. After the launch of this platform on June 19, 2015, both men have worked diligently to organize new opportunities for inclusion within the Republican Party.
The Frederick Douglass Inclusion Council is a statewide political advocacy organization created to empower African Americans in their own communities. Using the principles of Frederick Douglass, the FDIC looks to offer alternative political solutions to address many of the shortfalls in urban areas across Pennsylvania. The FDIC looks to provide information and tools to organize other African Americans in Pennsylvania to elect new representation and better understand the historic relevance of African Americans and the Republican Party.