Nathan first started organizing after volunteering doing humanitarian work on the US-Mexico border. He brings a passionate belief in the power of storytelling to create change. He had conducted workshops and trainings on offline and online storytelling across the country including Netroots Nation and Labor Notes. Nathan Ryan joined the staff of Grassroots Collaborative in the fall of 2013. As Communications Director, Nathan has grown Grassroots Collaborative social media impact exponentially on Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, during his time at Grassroots Collaborative Nathan has helped to develop grassroots spokespeople on the community impact of Wall Street financial deals as well as municipal and state budgeting. Prior to joining Grassroots Collaborative Nathan served as Online Advocacy Manager of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. In 2010 Nathan received the Silver Trumpet award from the Publicity Club of Chicago for his work on the campaign to halt the deportation of Rigo Padilla.