Ryan Collins is a director of Government Affairs at American Progress, where he works on policy issues related to education, faith, health, poverty, and transportation.

Prior to joining American Progress, Collins served for several years as a congressional staffer to Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO). In this capacity, he was responsible for developing and managing, among other policies, the congressman’s labor, patent, transportation, and social mobility portfolio. Previously, he served as the congressman’s campaign manager during the 2012 election cycle and also helped finalize congressional lines during Colorado’s redistricting effort in 2011.

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Collins is an avid skier, golfer, and lifelong Denver Broncos fan. He graduated with an economics degree from Colby College.