All Species Foundation
Ryan Phelan was a cofounder and recent CEO of the All Species Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the complete inventory of all species of life on Earth within the next 25 years. She is a social entrepreneur and businesswoman, who founded and served as CEO of Direct Medical Knowledge, a customized, comprehensive health and medical information service, and Phelan's Equestrian, Inc.
Ms. Phelan also was the founding executive director of Planetree, a nonprofit consumer healthcare organization. During a stint as an Internet consultant, she volunteered with the Association for Democratic Initiatives in Macedonia, visiting the Kosovar refugee camps and working on a refugee database. In the 1970s, she worked for the Whole Earth Catalog/CoEvolution Quarterly and The Savvy Project and cofounded and directed Berkeley Experimental Summer School.
She serves on the boards of the Groxis, Planetree, the All Species Foundation, and Techrock, a supporting organization of the Rockefeller Family Fund.
Ms. Phelan received her B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.