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24 Foundation Names Katy Ryan as Executive Director

24 Foundation announced that Katy Ryan has been named its new executive director.

“We are excited Katy is joining 24 Foundation as our new executive director,” said Rasmus Pedersen, chair of the 24 Foundation board of directors. “Katy comes to 24 Foundation with a great passion for our mission, lots of energy, and a wealth of leadership experience in the non-profit arena.”

Ryan brings more than 18 years of non-profit, fundraising and community relations experience to her new role. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, Ryan served as Vice President of the Alexander Children’s Foundation, as Senior Development Director at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte; Vice President of Partnerships and Development at Girls on the Run International; Director of Business and Alumni Relations at Wake Forest University and Associate Director of Development at UNC-Chapel Hill. A native of Alaska, she graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology.

She has been involved with 24 Foundation since January 2018, when she joined the board of directors as vice chair. She also serves on the board of the Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charlotte Chapter.

“I am honored and thrilled about leading this amazing organization to impact the lives of people affected by cancer,” said Ryan. “With the incredible staff and community of supporters, sponsors, donors, event participants and volunteers, we are going to continue to make great strides in changing the course of cancer. I look forward to being part of this exciting journey.”

About 24 Foundation

24 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte, N.C. with a mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer. Funds raised support organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship including:  Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center’s Division of Pediatric Oncology, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center, Franciscan Health Cancer Center Indianapolis and LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Foundation’s signature fundraising platform is a 24-hour long charity non-competitive cycling and walking event – currently in Charlotte, N.C. and Indianapolis, Ind. – that is safe, fun and open to all levels of cycling and walking abilities. Since 2002, more than 18,000 participants have raised $21 million, with an ultimate goal of providing cancer navigation and survivorship programs and services for all. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit

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