Ryan Braaten has served as Associate Director of Development for the College of Visual and Performing Arts since 2012, where he focuses on foundation and government grants, corporate partnerships, alumni programming, and CVPA’s major fundraising events ARTS by George! and Off the Wall. He is a proud alumnus (’09) of CVPA’s Arts Management program, and served as the president of CVPA’s Alumni Chapter Board of Directors from 2011-2014. He previously worked on the development teams of Arena Stage, WETA, and the Levine School of Music. A native of Hampton Roads, he is a graduate of the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and studied musical theatre and media production at Marymount Manhattan College, and has served on the grant panels of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC College Success Foundation, and DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation. He teaches UNIV 100 and guest lectures in CVPA’s Arts Management courses.